• By Allan M Block Blogging Team
  • Posted June 26, 2016

Grilling Safety Guide

Think summer and what comes to mind is grilling. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and steaks. Eggplant, zucchini even peaches!  You name it, someone has probably grilled it. For some families, the outdoor grill is the main event all summer!

Whether you’re using propane or charcoal, your grill needs to be used outdoors. And should be placed well away from your home and not under branches. You should also keep your grill clean and never leave it unattended when in use.

For propane tank owners here is a video from the National Fire Protection Association that demonstrates how to check for gas leaks:

Before you use your propane gas grill:

  • Check the major connection points between the propane gas tank and the hose connectors.
  • Check the propane gas tank for potential leaks. To do that, apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. Turn the tank on. If there is a leak, the gas will release bubbles around the hose.
  • If there are no bubbles, your grill is safe to use. If there are bubbles, turn off your gas, check all your connections and have your grill serviced by a professional.
  • If your leak doesn’t stop after turning off the gas, call the fire department.

While using your grill:

  • If you smell gas, turn off the gas tank and burners immediately
  • If the leak stops (smell stops), have your grill serviced by a professional. Do not use until it has been serviced.
  • If the leak does not stop (you still smell gas), move away from the grill and call the Fire Department. Do not try to move the grill or do anything to it. Leave it for the professionals to handle.

Let’s not forget, charcoal grills also require attention.  If using starter fluid, be sure to use only charcoal starter fluid. Also  only this type of fluid before starting the fire. Once you are done grilling, you will need to let the coals cool completely before disposing them in a metal container.

If an electric grill is your choice, be sure to use an outdoor grade extension cord when setting it up.

Finally be sure you don’t let children near your grill, whatever type you use.


Since we mentioned nearly everything has been grilled, here is a recipe for grilled fruits and vegetables for your summer grilling.  Let us know what you think!


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