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Guide to Grilling Fun and Safety

Ah, there it is — the tantalizing aroma of hot dogs, hamburgers and lots of other yummy foods sizzling on the grill. Nothing says SUMMER IS HERE better than an estimated 84 million American grill-owning households cranking up their backyard barbeques for festive family gatherings, community celebrations or just a quiet dinner at home. So grab those funky aprons and your favorite barbeque sauce but be safe as you enjoy one of America’s favorite summer pastimes — outdoor grilling.

Know How to Use, Clean and Store Your Grill Properly

Rules of Engagement                                                                                     

  • Start smart by following all manufacturer’s instructions and warnings when assembling and/or operating your grill.                                     
  • Only grill outside in open areas – not in a garage, under eaves or other enclosures, or near siding, deck railings or anything flammable.
  • Set up your grill away from playing fields, lawn games or any other high-traffic areas.                                                                

It's Show Time!                                                               

  • Keep the lid open when lighting to prevent an explosion from gas buildup.
  • Stay close to your grill when in use, and keep children clear with a three-foot “kid-free zone.
  • Use long-handled tools to prevent burns, and tuck in loose clothing.
  • House flare-ups with sprits of water on a charcoal grill, but not on a gas grill. For a gas grill, turn the gas down or off.                               
  • Have baking soda on hand to control a more serious grease fire, but know where a fire extinguisher is, just in case.
  • When done cooking, shut off the gas supply, then turn the burners to “off.”                                                               

Keeping It All Together                                                           

  • Mechanical failure is the leading cause of grill fires. So check your grill and propane tank regularly for wear, particularly for cracked hoses, broken fittings, dents and other  corrosion.                                 
  • Remove grease or fat buildup from trays below the grill regularly.                                      
  • Rotten egg, skunk or dead animal smells can mean propane is leaking; turn off the supply valve if you can do so safely, tell everyone to leave the area, and call the fire department.                                      
  • Transport propane cylinders securely and upright in a well-ventilated area of your vehicle, and never leave a bottle inside the car on a hot day.                                      
  • Never store propane indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed or tent.




Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham