10 Tips for Safe Grilling this Summer
Posted: June 10, 2019
With summer just about here, we have put together 10 reminders to help you enjoy safe outdoor cooking with your propane grill.
- Clean your grill after each use to avoid flare-ups when cooking. Leftover grease causes about 20 percent of grill fires – more than any other factor.
- Keep your grill outdoors and keep it positioned at least five feet from the house. It should be on a level surface that is clear of outdoor furniture, overhead trees, or other potential fire hazards.
- Before cooking, always check hoses for kinks, cracks or damage.
- Keep a fire extinguisher near your propane grill; make sure everyone knows where it is and how to use it.
- Stay close to the grill when cooking and keep it in sight at all times.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
- Keep your propane grill cover open until you’re sure the grill is lit.
- When finished cooking, turn off the burner controls and close the cylinder valve.
- Always store propane cylinders outdoors in an upright, vertical position.
- When transporting your tank, put it in a secure, well-ventilated place in your vehicle. Place it upright with the valve off, and take it directly to the refilling location. Do not leave a tank in a vehicle for long periods of time during the warm weather!
Quick tips for grilling meat safely
One great benefit of cooking with a propane grill is that you will greatly reduce your exposure to carcinogens that end up in your food when grilling. In contrast, charcoal grills create more smoke and burn hotter, leading to the formation of toxins that have been linked to some cancers.
Here are some tips to follow that will help ensure that your grilled meat is the safest it can be:
- grill your meat on a propane grill instead of charcoal
- trim excess fat before cooking
- marinate your meat in rosemary (studies show that this significantly reduces toxins; marinades with garlic, onion and lemon juice are also recommended)
- flip the meat frequently when cooking
If you have any questions about safety for your propane grill, or if you want to learn more about your options in new outdoor grills, please contact us and our propane experts will be glad to help. You can also read more propane safety tips here.
We wish you happy, safe and healthy outdoor cooking this year with your propane grill!