Great Balls of Fire! It’s Cookout Season!
May 5th, 2015 by Tevis Propane
May is National Barbecue Month. With warmer weather, longer days and Memorial Day officially kicking off summer, May is a perfect time to practice your grilling skills. Whether you are a seasoned griller or you have a brand new grill that you are itching to try out there are a few things you need to remember.
So put down those tongs for a minute and check out these safety tips before you light up your propane or electric grill this year, just to be safe.
Electric & Gas Grills
- Locate your grill at least 10 feet from any structure and away from any overhanging branches.
- Always monitor a burning grill. Don’t walk away and leave it turned on.
- Turn it off and put it away after each use
- Clean out the grease pan regularly.
Gas Grills – powered by propane
- Check the hose from the gas tank for leaks before using it for the first time each season by applying a light soap and water solution. A propane leak will release bubbles. If it leaks, turn off the gas at both the tank and grill. If the leak stops, have the grill serviced by a professional before using it. If it doesn’t, call the fire department.
- Check the grill itself for leaks at the start of the season as well. Look for deterioration, proper assembly, and burner obstructions.
- Once the propane cylinder is connected, store the grill outside in a well-ventilated place with the cylinder valve turned to the OFF position (clockwise).
- If storing the grill indoors, remove the propane cylinder and store that outside. Never store a propane cylinder indoors. Keep it upright where temperatures won’t exceed 120 degrees. And never disconnect the cylinder when the grill is in use or hot.
- Check for leaks every time you disconnect and reconnect the cylinder.
- When lighting the grill, keep the lid open to prevent a flash-off from gas build-up and don’t lean over the grill when igniting the burners or cooking.
And finally, if a burner won’t light, shut off the gas, leave the grill lid open and wait five minutes before trying again. If the burners go out during operation, turn both the cylinder and grill valves to OFF. Open the lid and wait five minutes before attempting to relight the grill.
Start the Season Right
Stop by our Tevis Home store at 1616 N. Main St. Hampstead and check out our full line of gas and electric grills. For propane users we refill and exchange your cylinders, too. We are open 6 days a week for your convenience.
Tevis Home Fireplace, Pellet and Grill Store is your “one-stop comfort shop” for gas fireplaces, gas logs, pellet stoves, wood fireplaces, patio heaters, fire pits, grills, and more! Tevis Home is an authorized dealer of quality Mendota, Napoleon, Primo, Real Fyrei, Vermont Castings, and White Mountain Hearth products. Serving Adams, Baltimore, Carroll, Howard, Frederick, and York Counties.
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