There is nothing better in the summer than being outdoors with family and friends. From the fabulous food and drinks to the conversations and games, a barbecue defines everything there is about enjoying the heat in the middle of the year. Taking precautions, however, when it comes to using a gas grill is very important during these festive occasions. Below are a few tips to keeping everyone safe when grilling up the best foods summer has to offer.
1) Always keep propane tanks in an upright position under the gas grill or when transporting. If a propane tank is on its side, the relief valve of the tank may open which may lead to gas leaking from the tank. This will be harmful when attempting to light a grill or even being around the tank and breathing the fumes.
2) Always check grill hoses leading from the propane tank to the grill. Cracks or holes in the line could lead to leaks that can cause an explosion upon the start. It is best to always replace lines and to never fix cracks and holes with tape or any sort of adhesive.
3) Make sure to always have a water outlet, such as a hose or bucket, near the grill when cooking. An unexpected fire can occur and being ready to eliminate the flames is always best.
4) Make sure that there is only one tank, which is the one connected, in the vicinity when using a gas grill. Storing propane tanks for future use near an open tank can result in more damage if a fire or explosion were to occur.
5) Avoid using flammable materials near the grill at any point. Matches, gasoline and any other flammable materials are not needed and should be removed from all areas of a gas grill.
6) Always grill in a well ventilated area to avoid exposure to gases. The best place for grilling would be in an open area, such as a patio, where the air circulation is not blocked by any coverings or enclosures.
7) Maintain a proper distance between your house and the grill. Most safety officials will state that keeping your grill a minimum of ten feet from your house will be best to avoid any fires that can cause damage to your home or garage.
8) Never leave any hoses or tanks in open areas where grilling is taking place. Any debris from the grill can fall on to the tank or hoses and possibly can cause a leak leading to further damage.
9) Last, but certainly not least, is to make sure that all children are within a safe distance of the grill at all times. No child should be allowed to work or be within 5 feet of a grill at any point to avoid burns or even worse injuries.
Taking the correct precautions, such as the ones listed above, will make sure that everyone stays safe during the barbecue season.