Grill photo 300x200Warm weather is finally here. And that means it’s time to fire up the grill and break out the burgers and hot dogs. But before you do, here are some propane grill safety tips to keep in mind, courtesy of the Propane Education and Research Council.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Refer to the instruction manual that came with your grill. It should be your go-to guide for assembly, cleaning, and maintenance. After all, who knows your particular model better than the folks who made it?

Choose the right grilling spot. Grills should only ever be used outdoors and should be placed at least five feet from the house. Set yours on an even surface so it won’t tip over while in use and steer clear of low-hanging trees or outdoor furniture that could be flammable.

Check for leaks. Before you fire up your grill, make sure there are no leaks in its connections. Do this with a solution of dish soap and water. Spread it over the hose and connections. If you see bubbles, you’ve got a leak. You’ll have to replace the affected part before using your grill.

Light it. Refer to your user manual for directions for your grill. No matter what model you have, keep the lid closed when you light it. If it goes out, refer to your user manual for relighting instructions. You’ll want to keep the lid open and wait about 15 minutes before relighting it.

Stick around. Don’t leave your grill unattended when it’s lit. You could return to more than just overdone burgers. It could tip over, starting a fire. So keep an eye on it until it’s turned off.

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