Safest Ways to Use Your Propane Grill This Summer
The return of the summer sun also brings the return of backyard barbecues. Outdoor propane grills are among the most common grills found in residential homes, but can be a safety hazard if the proper precautions are not taken. According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), over 10,000 homes experience fires originating from outdoor grills; these fires result in over $120 million worth of damages annually. To ensure you and your loved ones have a fun and safe summer, you’ll want to make sure you are using your residential propane grill in the safest was possible.
Grill away from the house
The number one rule of grilling is to make sure your grill is isolated from any flammable objects – this includes your home. Proper ventilation is important for not only the grill but also the propane tanks used to fuel the grill. The best place to put your outdoor grill is on a concrete or stone platform that is a safe distance away from any trees, tall grass, infrastructure and all heat sources.
When using a propane grill you will want to keep either a spray bottle of water or fire extinguisher nearby to put out any unexpected fires before the flames cause any damage. When you purchase a fire extinguisher make sure you familiarize yourself with how to use it as well as store is a safe distance from the grill.
Inspect your grill
Before turning on your propane grill make sure both your propane tank and equipment have been inspected. It’s not uncommon for propane-powered equipment to undergo some type of damage after sitting unused for the winter months. Using a grill with decayed wiring or other hidden problems can result in a devastating fire. Unless you have been properly trained you should reach out to your local residential propane service in Palm City to ensure these issues are correctly identified and fixed.
Don’t walk away
Many times grill fires happen because no one was paying attention. Just like you would not run errands while your kitchen stove is on, you should not step away from your grill while using it. Leaving your grill unattended increases the risk of a residential fire, which is not only dangerous but also comes with extremely expensive repairs.
A clean grill is a safe grill
Roughly one quarter of all reported grill fires are due to dirty and improperly maintained grills. A proper cleaning and maintenance regimen are imperative to eradicate any grease or fat build-up left on the grill. Excess grease acts as a fuel enhancer and is a main source for fire flare-ups when using your propane grill.
Open grill, then turn on gas
No grill-master wants to open their grill to a fireball that singes off their eyebrows, but turning your grill on while the lid is still shut is one way to guarantee this happens. If you turn your grill on before opening the lid, the gas builds up in the enclosed area so when you light your grill you are essentially lighting a ball of gas that is trapped under the lid of your grill.
Grilling out is a great summer activity; just make sure you are using your grill safely to keep this summer activity fun and safe. If you are in need of a residential propane service in Palm City, check out Elite Gas Co.