The weather is warming up and it’s time to fire up the grill! The barbeque is a summer staple, but can also be a safety risk. Liquid petroleum gas or propane, used in gas grills, is highly flammable. Every year people are injured as a result of gas grill fires and explosions, especially when grills have been left idle for an extended period of time. Here are some tips for staying safe while firing up the grill:
- Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes, and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.
- Move gas hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease. If you can’t move the hoses, install a heat shield to protect them.
- Replace scratched or nicked connectors, which can eventually leak gas.
- Check for gas leaks, following the manufacturer’s instructions, if you smell gas or when you reconnect the grill to the LP gas container.
- Keep lighted cigarettes, matches, or open flames away from a leaking grill.
- Charcoal grills can even pose a threat to your safety. Charcoal produces carbon monoxide (CO) when it is burned. CO is a colorless, odorless gas that can accumulate to toxic levels in closed environments.
If your grill uses charcoal:
- Never burn charcoal inside of homes, vehicles, tents, or campers. Charcoal should never be used indoors, even if ventilation is provided.
- Since charcoal produces CO fumes until the charcoal is completely extinguished, do not store the grill indoors with freshly used coals.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
Read more grill safety tips here.