New Jersey Division of Fire Safety-Propane Barbecue Grilling Safety
Four out of five families in the US now own a grill. Most people barbecue at least once a week throughout the summer months. The number the choice for consumers is the propane grill with a cylinder. The New Jersey Division of Fire Safety and your local fire service suggest the following ways to keep fire safe.
Before connecting propane, check for leaks with a 50/50 solution of liquid soap and water. Keep lid when starting.
*Do not use matches or a lighter to check for leaks.
*Never use a fluid designed for a charcoal grill.
*Do not allow children to tamper with the cylinder or the grill.
*When finished turn off burner controls and close cylinder valve.
*Cover grill to prevent connector corrosion.
*Always store cylinders outside in the upright position and never inside.
*After fill up or exchange go directly home, value closed and capped in a ventilated vehicle.
*Never store,use or transport near high temperature.
*On refills-exchange have supplier check cylinder for damage, rust, dents or leaks.
*Keep the grill at least five feet from a combustible wall or fence.
Grill fires on residential properties result in an estimated average of 10 deaths, 100 injuries and $37 million in property loss each year.
*Never cook inside a garage, a covered porch or under a canopy covered patio.
*Never use on a balcony.
As part of annual maintenance check grill for sticky valves and rust.
Replace worn parts.
Stay safe in Summer!
Follow these safety hints and Bon Appetit!
Disclaimer: This information is taken from New Jersey Division of Fire Safety pamphlet and I give them full credit for this information. Please call the above numbers for more information.