Propane Grill Safety Reminders
Written on: July 7, 2021
Summer is prime BBQ time here in Wisconsin and Minnesota – time to get cooking on your propane grill!
Before we retreat to our backyard to fire up a delicious flame-broiled dinner, it’s a good idea to review some important safety reminders for your propane grill. Here are eight things to keep in mind as you fire up for the coming season:
- Keep your grill at least six feet away from your home on sturdy and level ground.
- Never leave the grill unattended.
- Check all hoses and connections for leaks before operating the grill.
- Never light a gas grill with the lid closed – to light your grill, open the lid before turning on the gas at the tank. If the grill doesn’t light after a couple of clicks, turn off the burner, turn the gas off at the tank, and wait 5 or 10 minutes before attempting to light it again.
- Make sure to keep your grill lid accessible to extinguish small flare-ups. It’s also a good idea to have a portable fire extinguisher on-hand.
- Never attach or disconnect a LP tank or adjust fittings while the grill is operating. If you run out of gas while grilling, turn off all the burners, reconnect the new tank, and re-light. When you finish grilling, shut the gas valve and disconnect the LP couplings before storing the grill.
- If transporting a portable propane cylinder for re-filling, always:
- Transport it upright (with the valve on top) in a secure position to prevent rolling
- Close and plug the cylinder valve
- Place the cylinder in a well vented area inside the vehicle
- Refrain from leaving the cylinder alone in a hot vehicle; go straight to your propane dealer and straight home when you pick it up.
- Always practice food safety:
- If you can’t wash your hands, use antibacterial wipes before eating or handling food – especially raw meat, poultry, or fish.
- Separate raw meats from cooked and prepared foods. Store raw meats in a separate cooler, place raw meat on its own plate, and use different utensils to handle uncooked and cooked food.
- Always cook meats to recommended internal temperatures.
- If you aren’t eating immediately, refrigerate food quickly after cooking.
For more tips and information on safe food prep and handling, visit the Partnership for Food Safety Education website.
Still using a messy, hard-to-light charcoal barbecue? Make the switch to propane today and enjoy instant start-ups, no chemical fumes, and precision temperature control. Once you do, be sure to turn to Lakes Gas for reliable propane delivery in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota or South Dakota!