Safety Tips for Using Your Propane Grill

Safety Tips for Using Your Propane Grill Alto Michigan

If you’re like the majority of Americans, you’ll start using your propane grill once the weather warms up. According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, 75% of Americans own a grill or smoker. Many of our customers prefer using propane gas because it produces even heat and helps you avoid the lighter fluid taste you can sometimes get with charcoal. Keep reading to learn our safety tips when using propane tanks for the grill. For more information, contact your local propane dealer.

Use Grill Away From House

Your gas grill should be at least 10 feet from your home. Not only will this help keep smoke outside, but it’ll also reduce risk of fire. Since propane is highly flammable you’ll want to grill in an open area away from buildings, wood decking, shrubs, or low hanging branches. To get started, place your grill on an even surface away from your house, deck, or patio.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to over 8,000 house fires caused by grills, barbeques, and hibachis between 2009 and 2013. One of the leading causes of grill fires was cooking too close to flammable materials (like your house). At the very least, grilling too close to your home can melt vinyl siding and cost you money in repairs.

Never Leave Grill Unattended

According to the National Fire Protection Association, a leading cause of grill fires is leaving the grill unattended. It’s so important to stay with the grill while cooking, especially if you have small children or pets. Grill fires and explosions are more likely to happen when you first use a grill that’s been idling for too long. While we understand you may want to catch up with friends and family, your safety is more important.

Get Propane Tank Refills

If you plan on grilling a lot this summer, you may want to store an extra propane gas tank. Store your propane tank upright in a shady area of your yard. A propane tank gauge is the easiest way to tell how much fuel you have left. However, you can also weigh your small propane tank.

First, you’ll need to check the handle for the TW (tare weight). The tare weight measures how much the tank weighs when it’s not filled with propane. Next, you’ll need to weigh the tank using a scale. Take the weight you got from the scale and subtract the tare weight to get how much propane is left in the tank.

If you don’t have enough propane left for the grilling season, visit your local supplier for a propane tank refill. Many dealers also offer propane tank exchange programs. If this is your first time grilling, your dealer can help you find the right propane tank size for your grill.

Check for Propane Leaks

Before you start cooking, you’ll want to check your propane cylinder for leaks. Simply apply soapy water to where the propane tank’s cylinder valve and regulator outlet connect. Next, you’ll need to slowly open the cylinder valve. Bubbles will form if there’s a leak. The manufacturer also adds a bad smell to propane so you can detect leaks fast.

Altogas is a Michigan propane supplier that helps homeowners just like you make summer memories around propane gas grills. If you are interested in our propane tanks for sale, call any of our propane suppliers in Alto, Benton Harbor, Charlotte, Edmore, and Zeeland.

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