Epsom, NH – Planning to grill this 4th of July weekend? Gas grills, portable fire pits, and patio heaters make outdoor spaces comfortable and desirable places to gather… but it’s important that they are used properly.
The Propane Gas Association of New England (PGANE) offers easy-to-follow tips to help homeowners get the most from gas grills and outdoor appliances safely. A report released by the Huffington Post comparing the carbon output of a gas grill to a charcoal grill revealed propane gas produces far fewer carbon emissions than charcoal!
When getting ready to use your propane gas grill, key safety tips include:
- Follow the Manufacturer’s Instructions. Whether it’s assembly, use, maintenance, cleaning, or storage, make your grill manufacturer’s instructions your go-to resource for safe grilling.
- Position the Grill in a Safe Location. 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.
- Check for Leaks. Use a soapy water solution to check connections for leaks. Expanding bubbles indicate a leak. Follow this procedure at the start of each season and every time you replace a cylinder.
- Follow Proper Lighting Procedures. Follow the manufacturer’s lighting instructions. With all grill models, keep the lid open and don’t lean over the grill when lighting it.
- Follow Proper Relighting Procedures. If your flame goes out, turn off the gas and refer to your owner’s manual. At a minimum, with all grill models, keep the lid open and wait at least 15 minutes before relighting.
- Be Present. Stay close and never leave your grill unattended.
Safety for Kids – The grilling area should also be designated as a “No Play Zone,” keeping kids and pets away from the equipment.