Grill Safety

A few simple safety precautions.

General Safety Tips

Consumers should always be aware of a few simple safety precautions which will help to ensure their outdoor cooking remains enjoyable and trouble-free.

  • LP Grills are not permitted inside or on balconies above the first floor of any building or structure used for habitation.
  • Always locate a barbecue away from any combustible wall.
  • Set up grill in an open area away from buildings, dry leaves or brush.
  • Be aware of the wind blowing sparks.
  • Place grill on a level surface away from low hanging trees, deck railings, siding or any combustible materials.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher within easy reach.
  • Use long handled barbecue tools and flame retardant mitts.
  • Do not wear loose clothing and watch for dangling apron strings and shirt tails.
  • Never leave children or pets unattended near a hot grill.

Gas Grill Safety

Gas grills are safe and convenient appliances when assembled and used properly. Gas grills bring into play another element, Liquid Propane (LP). LP gas is pressurized and requires special handling and storage. These few tips will make all of your barbecues safe and enjoyable.

  • Before having an LP cylinder filled, check it for dents, gouges or other signs of disrepair.
  • When having a cylinder filled, it is important to make sure that the cylinder is not overfilled.
  • Check and make sure all connections are tight BEFORE turning on the gas. Leaks can be detected by dabbing the connections with a solution of soapy water and turning on the gas momentarily. If bubbles occur, there is a leak and it must be fixed before the grill is used.
  • Never store a spare LP cylinder under or near a barbecue, heat source or open flame.
  • Never ignite a gas grill with the lid closed. The propane may accumulate inside, and when ignited, the lid could blow off.
  • Store extra cylinders outdoors in a shaded area.
  • Always insert the POL safety plug into the LP cylinder valve outlet when not hooked up to the grill.
  • When the LP cylinder is connected, the grill must be kept outside in a well-vented space. Never use gas grills inside a house, garage or any enclosed area, because carbon monoxide may accumulate and could cause serious injury or death.
  • When finished with the grill, turn off the barbecue burners and the propane cylinder.
  • The pressure relief valve will release propane if the pressure inside the cylinder becomes too great. Pressure varies according to temperature, regardless of the amount of propane inside.

Transporting LP Cylinders

When transporting LP cylinders it is important to follow these procedures:

  • Close the valve tightly, even if empty.
  • Insert the POL plug securely into the valve.
  • Place the LP cylinder on the floor, in back of the passenger seat.
  • Make sure it is secured and that the windows are rolled down for ventilation.
  • LP cylinders SHOULD NOT be transported in the trunk. If you must transport the cylinder this way, the cylinder should be place gently in the trunk and fastened so it will not shift. The trunk should be secured as to allow it to remain partially open.
  • Cylinders must always be upright, whether in storage, during transportation, or in use.
  • Cylinders should never be transported, stored or installed in an enclosed space. In permanent dwellings or recreational vehicles, cylinders must be outside, or in compartments that are sealed from the inside and vented from the outside. This will avoid a dangerous build-up of propane vapors.