Safe Grilling: The thrill of a Safe Grill

According to a survey by the Propane Education and Research Council, grilling outside or barbecuing is the most popular way for families to enjoy dinner together this summer. A majority of Americans believe that summer is the best time to entertain or be entertained.

Only one third of adults believe they are knowledgeable enough about safe grilling techniques. The propane industry has teamed up to Steven Raichlen, a best-selling author and expert in grilling, to share its top ten tips for grilling with propane gas safely.

  1. After the cylinder has been refilled, the supplier should inspect it for any dents, damage, or leaks.
  2. Take the cylinder home as soon as you have finished filling it or exchanging it. The vehicle should be ventilated.
  3. Keep cylinders upright and vertically stored outdoors. Avoid transporting, storing or using cylinders in high temperatures. This includes spare cylinders stored near the grill.
  4. Never leave your grill unattended. Follow the instructions of the grill manufacturer when lighting the grill. Make sure that the grill top is fully open before you attempt to light it.
  5. To ensure tight connections, make sure you use a leak detection solution before connecting or lighting a propane gas barbecue. To check for leaks, do not use lighters or matches.
  6. 6.If you suspect that there is a gas leak and can safely shut off the gas supply valve to prevent it from happening, immediately call the fire department.
  7. Children should not be allowed to touch or play with the grill or cylinder.
  8. Handling a propane cylinder should not be done while you smoke.
  9. Do not pour gasoline or lighter fluid on the grill.
  10. Grill burner controls should not be used when they are not in use.

Raichlen, the author of The Barbecue Bible (and just released Raichlen on Ribs), stated that “interest in grilling has skyrocketed.” “Given how many grillers there are, it is crucial that safe grilling tips be made and followed.”