With summer right around the corner and pandemic restrictions lifting, barbecue season is about to be in full swing. For many, that means propane grills will take center stage, bringing to mind questions about storage, safety information, and safe usage of propane. Let’s take a quick look at how to safely cook with gas this summer.
The cardinal rule of propane safety is to NEVER use outdoor propane appliances indoors or in an enclosed area. This can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, serious injury, and even death. Only use propane indoors on approved indoor appliances. Keep children, flammable materials, and any other combustibles at a safe distance while you’re cooking. Furthermore, propane grills should be kept at least five feet from trees, outdoor furniture, and your home.
When it comes to using your propane grill, be sure to clean it regularly. Leftover grease is responsible for one in five grill fires, more than any other factor. Before you turn your grill on, take a look for any visible signs of damage, including leaks or kinks in the hose or tank. When you’re done cooking, make sure you turn off both the burner control and the cylinder valve. You don’t want excess gas flooding your grill.
If you suspect something is wrong with your propane grill, don’t try to repair it yourself. You should never try to repair valves, regulators, or any part of the appliance yourself. Not only van it void your warranty, it can open the door for a potentially dangerous accident.
When it comes to storage, propane tanks should be kept outdoors. They should be upright, covered, and stored in a safe, secure spot out of direct sunlight. In the winter, it’s safe to leave your tank uncovered; freezing temperatures are not a problem for propane, but your tank should never exceed 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
When you transport your tank for a refill, be sure to place it upright and ensure the valve is shut tightly. Never leave a propane tank in a hot vehicle-the temperature can rise quickly, making for a very unsafe situation! Make sure the vehicle is properly ventilated and go right to the refill location and straight back home.
Ultimately, with responsible usage and storage, propane is completely and entirely safe. At Noble Gas Solutions, we sell propane tanks that can be bought, filled, or exchanged at any of our three retail locations in Kingston, Albany, and South Glens Falls. Stay safe and party on by remembering how to responsibly handle, use, and store your propane tanks this summer.