Barbecues are one of America's most popular past times. While
all should take part in this age old traditional it is also
import that you stay safe. Follow these simple tips to insure
that your barbecue is a success!
Don't wear loose clothing, especially long sleeves, while
When shutting down your barbecue, shut off the propane tank
or natural gas main shut off valve and then shut off the burner
control valves. This sequence prevents residual gas from being
left in the system under pressure.
Propane Tank Transportation
If you must transport your propane tank for any purpose, be
sure you choose a relatively cool day. Keeping containers
or any other grill parts that are under pressure in a hot
car will cause an increase in the pressure of the gas, which
could cause an explosion.
Operate charcoal grills only outdoors, never inside an enclosed
area. Even if you've finished grilling, and you assume all
the coals are extinguished, they're still producing carbon
monoxide, so keep your charcoal grills outside at all times.
Propane Tank Storage
Never store a propane cylinder or tank under or near your
barbecue, in your home, cottage, garage or vehicle. Store
the tank upright and outdoors in the shade and away from any
Inspect the cylinder of your propane tank for bulges, dents,
gouges, corrosion, leaks, or evidence of extreme rusting.
Also, examine the hoses on your grill for brittleness, leaks,
holes, cracks, or sharp bends. If you find any of these problems,
it's time to replace the equipment.
Clean Grills are Safe Grills
Keep your barbecue clean and free of greasy buildup this will
enable your barbecue to work most efficiently and can prevent
greasy deposits from catching fire, a situation you want to
Charcoal grills tend to flare up, so keep a fire extinguisher
handy. If you don't wear a watch, keep a small portable clock
or timer near the grill.
General Tank Care
Propane tanks require sophisticated valve equipment to keep
them safe for use with grills. Never try to remove the valve
from your propane tank, because you'll risk an explosion.
In addition, always close the tank valve when you're finished
using it. Never dispose of your propane tank by throwing it
in the trash. Check to see if there are municipal programs
for collection in your area. If your grill uses a disposable
tank, take care to use up all the residual gas before discarding
Never use cigarettes, lighters, or matches near your gas grill,
whether it's in use or not. You can't be sure that there's
not a slight gas leak somewhere in the unit, so it's always
better to be safe than sorry.
Catching the Drips
Be sure to use an aluminum drip pan with water, underneath
the roast to prevent flare-ups.
Children and Grills
Keep kids and pets away from the barbecue, even after you've
shut everything off. Most barbecues remain hot long after
being turned off.
Don't store other flammable liquids, such as gasoline, near
propane tanks. Keep your barbecue covered when it's not in
use to prevent hazardous situations. Be sure to keep propane
tanks upright, and move gas hoses away from dripping grease
and hot surfaces.
Francesca Black is contributing author and publisher to http://www.bbq-shop.net
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