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Gas Barbecue Grill Safety Concerns

Safety Information & Guidelines
Read the following information and guidelines to ensure gas grill safety:

  • Always keep tanks standing upright
  • If there is a gas leak or uncontrolled fire, evacuate the area. Call the fire department from a telephone remote from the leak, such as from a neighbor's house or from a cell phone
  • Leaking propane can cause a fire or explosion if the propane reaches an ignition source
  • Never store or use propane in any building, garage, or enclosed space
  • Never take a propane tank inside any building or dwelling, even momentarily
  • Propane is a flammable gas stored under pressure
  • Propane vapors are heavier than air. The vapors will flow into low areas
  • Rapidly heated cylinders can also explode in a fire situation
  • When using a propane grill:
    • Do not allow anyone to smoke when working with a propane tank
    • Keep all hoses and connections free from spilled food, grease, and dirt
    • Keep children and pets away from the grill
    • Keep the propane tank shut off when not in use
    • Make sure that the grill is at least 10 feet from any combustible surfaces such as buildings, walls, deck railings, and vehicles
    • Make sure that the grill is at least 10 feet from any possible ignition sources such as air conditioners, lights, or cars
    • Periodically check all connections to make sure that they are secure and that there are no leaks
    • Place grill on a noncombustible surface only at grade level
    • Store the propane tank in a shaded area. Heat from sunlight will cause the gas to expand and vent from the tank
    • When transporting a propane tank for refilling, do not leave it inside an enclosed car or trunk because the gas will vent automatically when it is heated or warmed