Propane Grill Safety for Summer Cookouts
Don’t let a grilling accident spoil the fun!
It’s peak grilling season here in Southern Maryland. Make sure that your cookouts are safe by knowing how to use your propane grill properly and how to safely handle, transport, and store propane cylinders.
We’ve put together some important tips so you can enjoy grilling without worry.
Safety tips for your propane grill
- Thoroughly inspect your grill and test it out. If it’s not working properly, like if the starter is broken, don’t use it. Taylor has a great supply of top-quality propane grills that you’ll be able to use with peace of mind.
- Clean your propane grill on a regular basis and empty the grease trap after each use. Grease accumulation is the most common reason of grill fires, responsible for one in five.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy and make sure it’s functional.
- Maintain a wide area surrounding your grill, placing it at least five feet from the home, outdoor furniture, trees, and shrubs.
- Never leave your grill unattended once it’s started.
- Keep children and pets at least five feet away from the grill.
- Make sure the grill is on a flat, stable surface with no risks of it tipping over.
- Flare-ups on your grill may be caused by fatty foods. For grilling, use long-handled utensils and keep a pair of grilling gloves or mitts on hand.
- Your propane grill should never be used indoors or in an enclosed space like a garage or carport. Carbon monoxide, an odorless and colorless gas that can be deadly, might build up if you use your propane grill inside or in an area with limited ventilation.
Propane cylinder safety tips
- If you’re using an enclosed vehicle, don’t transport more than four cylinders at once.
- To ensure that your propane cylinders are safe, keep them upright at all times. Propane cylinders that are on their sides can allow liquid propane to leak into your car.
- Never smoke while transporting cylinders.
- Keep the windows down a bit for air circulation and ventilation.
- Don’t leave cylinders in your car, especially if it’s hot outside. If you must make other stops, make your cylinder refill or exchange the final stop before heading home.
- Propane cylinders should never be stored or used indoors, in the garage, or within a closed environment such as a carport or sunporch.
- Store propane cylinders outdoors, at least 10 feet from the house, preferably out of direct sunlight. Place them on a pallet if possible, as the ground can cause the cylinder to rust.
Do you have questions about propane safety? Please reach out to us and we’ll be happy to help.