Grilling Season & Safety Tips

As the warm weather approaches, shortly you’ll be able to get a sniff of BBQs grilling up near you. Nothing quite says summer like getting together with friends and family and turning on the grill. Before your grilling season starts, be sure to revise some safety tips to ensure an injury-free season for all. Here are a few tips the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has shared:

Gas Grills

The propane filled tanks used for gas grillsĀ is highly flammable. There is a reported number of about 30 accidents a year that are related to propane gas grills. Most of these accidents occur after using a gas grill that has been left idle for some time, or when changing the tanks. Here are some tips to reduce injury:

  • Use a pipe cleaner to clear any blockages in the tubes that lead to the burner
  • Check the hoses for any breakage and ensure there are no sharp bends
  • Be sure to check for any leaks. If you smell gas, turn off the tank and do not light the grill.
  • Keep lighted cigarettes, matches and open flames
  • Keep the grill a safe distance from your home. Do not use it under anything that can catch fire like a garage or porch.
  • When transporting the propane tank, keep the tank upright. Never leave the tank in a heated car.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when connecting or disconnecting the tank.

Charcoal Grills

Charcoal, when burned, produces carbon monoxide. It is an odorless gas that can reach toxic levels when in closed areas. A reported number of 30 deaths and 100 CO-related injuries occur each year because of charcoal grills or the use of charcoal in hibachi grills inside. The U.S. CPSC urges everyone to use these grills outside and never store freshly used charcoal inside. The charcoal will continue to produce fumes until they are fully extinguished.

We wish everyone a safe and healthy grilling season!

For more information, please visit: https://www.cpsc.gov/