Propane Grill Safety

Posted: July 6, 2016

Propane grill excessive flames

Posted: July 6, 2016
Posted by: David O’Connell, President of Wilson Oil and Propane

Nothing says summer like firing up the grill. Outdoor grilling is one of the most popular ways to cook food. A little precaution and preparation are needed to make sure you have a safe grilling season. Be sure that you only use your propane grill outdoors and that it is not placed too close to anything that can burn. July is the peak month for grill fires and roughly half of the injuries involving grills are thermal burns which could be avoided.

Before using the grill for the first time each year, do a thorough check of the gas tank hose. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. If there is a propane leak, you will see bubbles along the hose. If you notice a leak, be sure to turn off the gas tank and the grill – the leak should stop. Do not use the grill; get it serviced by a professional before using it. If the leak does not stop call the fire department. It’s always better to err on the side of safety.

Here are some reminders for how to grill safely this summer.

  1. Clean your propane grill after each use to avoid flare-ups when cooking. Leftover grease causes about 20 percent of grill fires – more than any other factor.
  2. Keep your grill outdoors and at least five feet from the house on a level surface that is clear of outdoor furniture, overhead trees, or other potential fire hazards.
  3. Always check hoses for kinks, cracks or damage before using.
  4. Keep a fire extinguisher near your propane grill; make sure everyone knows where it is and how to use it.
  5. Never leave a propane grill unattended – even “just for a moment.”
  6. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
  7. Keep your propane grill cover open until you’re sure the grill is lit – even if you have electronic ignition.
  8. When finished cooking, turn off both the burner control and the cylinder valve.
  9. Always store propane cylinders outdoors in an upright, vertical position.
  10. When transporting your tank, put it in a secure, well-ventilated location in your vehicle. Place it upright with the valve off, and take it directly to the refilling location. Do not leave a tank unaccompanied in a vehicle!
  11. Check the tank for dents, rust, or leaks when you take it to be refilled.

For additional propane safety tips, click here. Have a safe and happy summer.