Grill and Gas Safety

Grill and Gas Safety

This Memorial Day Weekend

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, nearly 44% of Americans1 will be grilling for the holiday. Grill safety is important since many modern grills run on gas. To ensure that this weekend is filled with fun and safety, here are four life-saving grilling and gas safety tips to give you peace of mind.

Hose and Tank

A proper gas hose should be placed away from hot surfaces where nothing can puncture or obstruct it. It should have no kinks or cracks where leaks could occur. The safe way to check for a leak is to apply soapy water around the hose and valve; if it bubbles, you have a leak. Faulty hoses can be easily replaced with proper parts and a repair kit. Always keep your gas tank upright, whether in use, in storage, or during transport, to minimize the risk of leakage.

On and Off Safety

Before turning on your gas, ensure the grill lid is open to prevent dangerous explosions or flare-ups from gas buildup. Once on, click the ignition button until you see flames. If no flames appear, it could be due to a low igniter battery or a low gas tank. Replace the battery and/or top off your gas levels according to your grill’s instructions. After cooking, make sure to turn off the grill and gas tank.

Keep Your Distance!

Ensure your grill is a safe distance from anything that can potentially catch fire. Wooden railings and other structures should be at least ten feet away from the grill and gas tank. Additionally, keep children and pets away from the heat and flames. Always use proper equipment when operating the grill. Long metal tools with heat-safe handles are best. Avoid loose and long-sleeve shirts as they have a higher risk of catching fire. High-heat gloves, such as oven mitts, are also a good idea.

Fire Safety

A clean grill has a lower chance of causing a fire. To clean your grill, you can do it yourself (DIY) using tongs and a ball of tinfoil, half a lemon, or half an onion. If you prefer to purchase a grill cleaner, one without bristles, such as the Scrub Daddy Steam Cleaning Grill Scrubber is recommended. Grill cleaners with bristles often shed metal spokes during the cleaning process, which can get caught in food and lead to hospital visits. If your grill does catch fire, ensure you have an extinguisher, baking soda, or a fire blanket (e.g., Prepared Hero Fire Blanket) nearby to extinguish it before it spreads. Do not use water or other liquids like alcohol to put out the fire, as they can cause it to spread further.

We wish you all a wonderful and safe Memorial Day Weekend. Indulge in your grilled foods with peace of mind, knowing that you and your loved ones are well-protected.

Our company wants to extend our gratitude to the United States of America troops. Your selfless service and sacrifices in defending our nation’s values and freedoms do not go unnoticed.

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