Summer is the time we all love to get out and fire up the grill. Unfortunately, when you’re not paying attention, you can cause some major damage with your barbeque’s fire. Follow a few safety precautions will prevent that and keep you and your family safe. When you need help with your propane tank or need a refill in Colorado, give Enviro-Gas a call.
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“With our favorite grilling holiday the Fourth of July, and with three out of five of us owning a gas grill, think fire safety first to enjoy the great tastes of summer.
“Keep it safe at the cookout,” said State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer. “Before firing up the grill, use common sense and follow a few simple safety precautions to avoid serious burns and fires.”
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, between 2009-2013 an average of 8,900 grill fires occurred on residential property each year. These 8,900 fires caused annual average of $118 million in direct property damage, 10 deaths and 160 civilian injuries almost all the losses resulted from structure fires.
Gas grill safety
- Check gas tank hoses for leaks before first use each year. Applying a light soap and water solution will reveal any leaking propane. Never use a match to check for leaks.
- If you detect a leak, turn off the gas valve on the tank immediately and don’t use the grill until it’s serviced by a professional.
- Before filling an LP cylinder, check it for dents or gouges. Don’t overfill the cylinder.
- NEVER turn on the gas when the lid is closed. The propane may build up inside and when ignited, the lid could blow off or a fireball can explode in your face.
- If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call 911. Do not move the grill.
- Never store propane gas cylinders in buildings or garages. If you store a gas grill inside during the winter, disconnect the cylinder and leave it outside.
- When finished with the grill, turn off the burners and the propane cylinder valve.”