The summer months are nearly upon us and even after facing down the issues that the pandemic has brought to our country, many people will be making plans to spend the summer days doing things like grilling outside.
Obviously using your grill is an easy task, but it is always good to remember some simple safety rules when handling the propane that runs it. Most fire accidents happen as a result of improper use of grills, so keep these basics in mind for safe and fun summer of grilling for your family.
First, either have your grill checked out or do it yourself.
If you used it frequently the previous year, and especially if it was stored outside during the winter months, it may need some maintenance. Faulty wiring can be a cause of trouble, as can old, cracked hoses. When you are dealing with propane, you want to make sure that the hoses carrying the gas from the tank to your grill are in good repair. A simple visual check of your wiring and connections can save you some trouble down the line.
Speaking of storing your grill over the winter, you should make sure that since now it will be in use once again that the grill is clear of other objects. It is best to utilize your grill in an open area without things stacked around it, especially anything that could be considered flammable. (like a grill cover) Patio furniture is another item that should be kept away from your grill and you should always have a fire extinguisher on hand just in case.
Be careful when you light your grill, especially for the first time.
Sound simple and silly? Maybe, but if you light your grill without opening it up first you can have gas build up that will make lighting it much more dangerous. Did you clean your grill after its last use, last year? If you didn’t, make sure to clean it prior to lighting it for the first time as grease and fat build up can just add more fuel to the fire so to speak.
Also be sure to check for propane leaks.
You can probably do this when you check the hoses and wiring, but it is important to make sure that you propane tank is in good shape as well. Leaks can develop around the valve of the tank when you turn it on and off, as well as when it connects to your grill.
Sometimes items such as burners will simply wear out and need to be replaced as well. Doing some due diligence early on will allow you to have a safe and enjoyable summer of grilling.
Finally, if you are in doubt about anything to do with your grill, contact a professional to check it out.
Propane is nothing to fool around with so if you think your grill or your tank may have an issue, don’t hesitate to let someone who does this for a living take a look.