Ready for Your Memorial Day Barbecue?

Memorial Day barbecue

Memorial Day is fast approaching, unofficially kicking off the start of summer for lots of friends and neighbors in and around Southwest Iowa.

If you plan to feed some of those hungry people from your propane barbecue, that’s great –just make sure you have enough propane gas to last through your holiday grill-a-thon! We can help you with that: just bring your portable propane tank in and we’ll refill it safely and quickly. We can even let you know if your tank needs to be re-certified or replaced.

In the meantime, it’s a good idea to review important propane safety information for your propane cylinder and grill. Here are eight propane safety tips for your grilling this Memorial Day and beyond:

  1. Keep your grill at least six feet away from your home on sturdy and level ground.
  2. Always keep an eye on children and pets, and never leave the grill unattended.
  3. Check all hoses and connections for leaks before operating the grill.
  4. To light, open the lid of the grill, then turn on the gas at the tank. Never light a gas grill with the lid closed. If the grill doesn’t light after a couple of clicks, turn off the burner, turn the gas off at the tank, and wait 5 or 10 minutes before attempting to light it again.
  5. Make sure to keep your grill lid accessible to extinguish small flare-ups. It’s also a good idea to portable fire extinguisher on-hand.
  6. Never attach or disconnect an LP tank or fiddle with fittings while the grill is operating. If you run out of gas while grilling, turn off all the burners, reconnect the new tank, and re-light. When you finish grilling, shut the gas valve and disconnect the LP couplings before storing the grill.
  7. When transporting your propane cylinder for re-filling, always:
    • Transport it upright (with the valve on top) in a secure position to prevent rolling
    • Close and plug the cylinder valve
    • Place the cylinder in a well vented area inside the vehicle
    • Refrain from leaving the cylinder alone in a hot vehicle; go straight to your propane dealer and straight home when you pick it up.
  8. Always practice food safety:
    • If you can’t wash your hands, use antibacterial wipes before eating or handling food – especially raw meat, poultry, or fish.
    • Separate raw meats from cooked and prepared foods. Store raw meats in a separate cooler, place raw meat on its own plate, and use different utensils to handle uncooked and cooked food.

Ready for a long holiday weekend of delicious grilling? Fill your propane bottle with the pros at Pelgas. Stop by our Atlantic, IA location today!