Propane gas grills are the trending grills today. When outdoor grilling is a must during summer months, many people go for the propane gas grills as they are very convenient to use. Propane is a clean and reliable option for grilling. It has convenient on/off switches so that it heats up and cools down quickly. As they heat up fast, you can get your food on the grill quickly. You will also be able to manage precise temperatures providing you the flexibility to prepare a variety of dishes.
Here are some safety tips that will help you to handle a propane gas grill safely.
- Use a leak-detection solution to check all connections for tightness before connecting or lighting a propane gas grill burner. Make sure that you do not use matches or lighters to check for leaks. You can get a leak-detection solution from a local propane gas supplier and follow the instructions to use it.
- It is always advisable to use and store the cylinders outdoors. Also, make sure that you keep them in an upright position. There is always a chance of danger associated with gas grills. So you have to store it away from you.
- Check for dents, damage, rust, or leaks when the propane cylinder is refilled. Your carelessness can lead to a huge disaster. So if you take some effort to check it before use, you can be free from danger.
- Take your cylinder home immediately after filling or exchanging. The vehicle you use for transporting the cylinder has to be ventilated. Keep the cylinder valve closed and plugged or capped in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure that you transport the cylinder in a vertical, secured position.
- While handling the propane gas cylinder, you should not smoke. If there is any leakage, the cylinder needs only a spark for fire. So it will catch fire and may lead to a very big explosion.
- Call the fire department immediately if you find an uncontrollable release of gas or a fire. Immediately move all people and pets away from the unit. Do not try to treat the matter yourself without expert help because that can worsen the problem.
- The cylinder or gas grill has to be away from the reach of children. You will have to make sure that children do not tamper or play with the cylinder or grill. Their carelessness can lead you to a disaster.
- Do not use, store, or transport a cylinder where it would be exposed to high temperatures. You should also take into consideration storing spare cylinders under or near the grill in this context.
- Cover disconnected hose-end fittings with small plastic bags, or protective fitting caps when a grill is not in use. This is to keep out dirt, insects, and moisture. You have to remove them before starting your grill.
- The grill burner controls should be turned off and the cylinder valve has to be closed when not in use. To close, you have to turn the valve clockwise.