Farm Store | articles | Gas Grilling Safety Tips

Gas Grilling Safety Tips

A family safely uses a gas grillAmericans' love affair with grilling continues to grow, according to a 2013 study conducted by the Hearth Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA). The study revealed that more than 80 percent of U.S. households own a grill or smoker. And, as summer approaches — the peak time of the year for grilling — one of our nation's most popular pastimes heats up. What's more fun than a barbecue with family and friends? It's easy, convenient and keeps the kitchen cool, plus foods cook quickly and taste delicious!

The National Fire Protection Association reminds us that June and July are peak months for grilling accidents making this the perfect time for a refresher course on the following safe grilling tips:

  1. Follow the manufacturer's instructions. Whether it is assembly, use, maintenance, cleaning or storage, make your grill manufacturer's instructions your "go-to" resource for safe grilling.

  2. Position the grill in a safe location. Keep your grill outdoors at least five feet from the house on a level surface that is clear of outdoor furniture, overhead trees, or other potential fire hazards, including deck railings and eaves.

  3. Check for leaks. It's important to inspect your cylinder and outdoor gas appliances for leaks. Do this before using them for the first time each season, and on a regular basis. This can be accomplished with a simple "bubble" test. Apply leak detector solution or thick soapy water to check the connections between the cylinder valve and the regulator outlet for leaks. Slowly open the cylinder valve and watch for bubbles. Expanding bubbles indicate a leak. If bubbles appear, close the cylinder valve, tighten the connection, and repeat the process. If bubbles still appear, call your propane retailer immediately. Follow this procedure every time you replace a cylinder.

  4. Follow proper lighting procedures. Follow the manufacturer's lighting instructions. With all grill models, keep lid open and don't lean over the grill when lighting.

  5. Follow proper re-lighting procedures. If the flame goes out, turn off the gas and refer to your owner's manual. At a minimum, with all grill models, keep the lid open and wait at least 15 minutes before relighting.

  6. Be present. Stay close and never leave your grill unattended. Keep children and pets away from the grill.

  7. Do not move a hot grill.

  8. Never store or place a propane cylinder indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed, tent or under or near a barbecue grill. Never store or place a propane cylinder in an area of excessive heat (120 degrees or higher) or near a stove, fireplace, or other heat source. Do not smoke or have any ignition sources such as flames or spark-producing electrical tools in the area while handling or transporting a propane cylinder.

  9. Use long-handled utensils to avoid burns and spatters. Do not wear anything with hanging shirttails, frills or apron strings. Use flame retardant mitts when adjusting hot vents.

  10. Use baking soda to control a grease fire and be sure to have a fire extinguisher or bucket of sand nearby. Never spray water on a grease fire. Water will only make a grease fire expand very rapidly.

These safety tips will help ensure you have a fun, safe grilling season. The main "ingredient" in outdoor cooking safety is common sense. This information is not intended to take the place of your grill manufacturer's instructions. Always read and follow your grill manufacturer's instructions. Happy grilling!

Shop Grills And Smokers

Related Products

Grid View
List View
  • Propane Tank Cylinder

    SKU 65399001
    Standard 20 lb tank refill.
    to see pricing & availability
  • Manchester Tank Propane Cylinder 20 lb

    SKU 05901192
    Heat with the best with Manchester Tank Propane Cylinder. Cylinders conform to DOT and NFPA-58 specifications including OPD (overfill prevention device) requirements.
    to see pricing & availability
  • Manchester Tank Propane Cylinder 100 lb

    SKU 05900980
    The Manchester Tank Propane Cylinder conforms to DOT and NFPA-58 specifications and is triple tested with dry pneumatic air and steel shot blasted prior to painting. The Manchester Tank Propane Cylinder has powder coat paint for maximum rust protection and a handle-EZ collar design - the only collar with a built-in, formed handle with no sharp edges. Every Manchester Tank Propane Cylinder includes consumer warning decals that are easy to read for your protection.
    to see pricing & availability
  • Manchester Tank Vertical OPD Propane Cylinder 30 lb

    SKU 05901191
    The Manchester Tank Propane Cylinder is ideal for a variety of applications. Features include a powder-coated finish and a HANDLE-EZ collar design, the only collar with a built-in, formed handle with no sharp edges. The tank includes warning decals that are easy to read for your protection.
    to see pricing & availability
  • Royal Oak Grill Time Lighter Fluid 32 oz

    SKU 10101442
    Royal Oak Grill Time Lighter Fluid gets your charcoal started fast, every time. Be ready to grill at a moment's notice with easy lighting fluid that meets all environmental requirements.
    to see pricing & availability
  • Mr. Bar-B-Q Flex Neck Butane Lighter

    SKU 10105732
    The Mr. Bar-B-Q Flex Neck Butane Lighter reaches hard-to-light places and keeps hands away from flames. Features include a child resistant safety trigger and flame adjusting lever.
    to see pricing & availability
  • Manchester Tank Vertical OPD Propane Cylinder 40 lb

    SKU 05900067
    The Manchester Tank Propane Cylinder is ideal for a variety of applications. Features include a powder-coated finish and a HANDLE-EZ collar design, the only collar with a built-in, formed handle with no sharp edges. The tank includes warning decals that are easy to read for your protection.
    to see pricing & availability
  • Weber Drip Pans Small 10 Pack

    SKU 10101547
    Weber Drip Pans can be used to line the catch pan and are great for cooking side dishes. Small drip pans are 8-1/2 x 6 in. 10 per pack.
    to see pricing & availability

Find Your Nearest Southern States Location

Sales & Offers