Grill safely in 2018!

Grilling food

It is spring in Iowa – which means it’s time to dust off the propane grill, refill your propane cylinders, and get cooking!

Just remember to do it safely.

Follow these 18 tips for safe grilling in 2018:

  1. Before using your propane grill, check the connectors and hoses for cracks, leaks, or other damage.
  2. Clean built-up grease from your propane grill after each use; old grease can create dangerous fuel flare-ups.
  3. Take care when grilling high-fat foods, which can produce high flames.
  4. Keep a fire extinguisher near your grill; make sure everyone knows where it is.
  5. Never throw a lit match in a gas grill.
  6. Stand by your grill – never leave it unattended.
  7. If your grill starter is broken, don’t use the grill!
  8. Avoid wearing clothing that hangs over your grill.
  9. Use long utensils to avoid burns on your arms and hands.
  10. Avoid corrosion by keeping your grill covered when not in use.
  11. Make sure your food is cooked to proper, healthy temperatures.
  12. Always follow instructions detailed in your grill’s operating manual.
  13. Avoid using a propane barbecue grill on a balcony, terrace or roof.
  14. Never grill indoors! It is a fire and carbon monoxide hazard.
  15. Always store propane cylinders outdoors, standing up (learn more about proper propane cylinder handling here).
  16. Never attempt to fix a tank valve or grill yourself – bring it in for an inspection or refill.
  17. Always keep the grill stable on a flat surface so it can’t be tipped over.
  18. When transporting a propane cylinder, make sure the vehicle is ventilated, that the cylinder valve is closed and plugged or capped, and that you do not leave the tank in the car unattended.

Enjoy your outdoor grilling season – and as always, stay safe in 2018!