Propane Safety Tips For Barbecue Season

Enjoy Grilling The Right Way!

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Barbecue season is beginning in earnest here in North Carolina, and we’re eager to get outside and fire up our propane grills.

You can get a fresh supply of propane at one of our six propane cylinder refill locations.

Before you begin your grilling, read the safety tips below so you can prevent fires, burns, and other problems. Nothing ruins a cookout like a trip to the emergency room or having the fire department come.

Inspecting Your Grill

While cleaning your grill at the start of the season, give your grill a thorough inspection. Look for leaks by applying soapy water to your propane cylinder and hose connections, then turn on the gas supply to the grill. If you see bubbles rising from the hose, connection points, or cylinder, turn the grill off right away and get it serviced. Also, look for rust. Replace any parts that are heavily rusted.

If your grill has lots of worn-out and rusted parts, it’s time to upgrade to a safe, easy-to-use propane grill from Parker Gas! Come by one of our showrooms at any of our six office locations to find the right one for you.

Placing Your Grill

The most important safety tip for placing your propane grill is that it must be outdoors. Using it indoors, even in the garage or carport, is not only a fire risk but it can create a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide.

The grill needs to be on a flat, level surface to prevent it from tipping over.

Give your grill a wide clearance from anything combustible, including the house, siding, rails, and furniture. Also, don’t place it near windows.

Using Your Grill

Have the lid open when starting the grill to prevent gas from building up under the closed lid and causing a flash burn.

Once you have started your grill, don’t move it. You could get burned and moving it could dislodge a burner tube or other parts in the grill.

Never leave your grill unattended when using it. Use the social distancing rule when it comes to your grill and children or pets: Keep them at least six feet from your grill.

Clean your grill regularly to keep grease from building up on the burners or base of the grill, as that creates a fire hazard.

Once you are finished grilling, turn off all the burners on the grill and turn off the propane supply at the propane cylinder.

You can always have a full propane cylinder on hand with our cylinder refill service. Click here to find the location near you!