Safety Tips for Propane Grilling
This month, the Propane Education and Research Council is sponsoring the Men in Aprons Show. On our last episode we talked a little bit about the history of propane and some grilling tips. Recently, the Men in Aprons Laboratory has acquired a Sam's Club Member's Mark propane grill center. I am really enjoying using it, especially the quick lighting feature.
The downfall to my foray into the world of propane grilling is that I don't know much about it. I've never owned or used a propane grill in my life.
1. When the cylinder is refilled, have the supplier check for dents, damage, rust or leaks.
2. After filling or exchanging, take the cylinder home immediately. Keep the vehicle ventilated and the cylinder valve closed and capped.
3. Always use or store cylinders outdoors in an upright (vertical) position. Do not use, store, or transport cylinders near high temperatures (this includes storing spare cylinders near the grill).
4. Never leave the grill unattended. Always follow grill manufacturer’s instructions on lighting the grill and make sure the grill top is open when attempting to light the grill.
5. Before connecting the cylinder to a propane gas grill burner for the first time, use a leak-detection solution (a 50/50 mixture of water and liquid soap) to check connections for tightness. Do not use matches or lighters to check for leaks.
6. If you suspect a gas leak, and are able to safely turn off the gas supply valve, do so immediately and call the fire department.
7. Do not allow children to tamper or play with the cylinder or grill.
8. Do not smoke while handling a propane cylinder.
9. Never pour an accelerant such as lighter fluid or gasoline on the grill.
10. When not in use, grill burner controls should be turned off and cylinder valve closed.
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