Summer Propane Safety Tips For Your Home
Written on: June 11, 2021
Be Fun — And Safe — In The Sun!
The warm weather here in southern and central Oklahoma has us ready to head outside for some summer fun in our back yards.
Whether it’s grilling up a bunch of burgers and hot dogs for a cookout or hanging out with friends and a glass or two of wine around the firepit, propane makes so much of your summer better.
However, you need to know how to use propane safely to enjoy it. Don’t end the summer fun with a trip to the emergency room We’ve put together some tips so you can be confident using propane.
How To Safely Transport And Store Propane Cylinders
To enjoy propane outdoor appliances such as grills, deck and patio heaters, firepits, and outdoor fireplaces, you need propane cylinders. Here are some tips for safely transporting, storing, and using them.
- When bringing your propane cylinder for exchange or refill, don’t leave it (empty or full) in your car for long periods, especially in hot weather.
- If possible, come straight to your nearest propane cylinder exchange or refill site and go straight home. If that isn’t possible, plan your outing so that is the last stop you make before going home.
- Always keep your cylinder upright when you are transporting it, whether it’s empty or full. Propane can leak when the cylinder is on its side.
- Store your propane cylinder outdoors, out of direct sunlight, and not in a garage, shed, carport, or covered porch.
- Keep your propane cylinder off bare ground, as wet ground can cause the cylinder to rust. A wood pallet is a great solution.
- NEVER smoke while handling or near a propane cylinder.
How To Grill Safely
We have put together a list of things to do, as well as NOT do, so you and your guests keep safe while you’re using your propane BBQ grill.
- Clean your propane grill, not just the grates, regularly. One in five grill fires is caused by leftover grease.
- When grilling, make sure a working fire extinguisher is handy
- The grill needs to be on a flat, level surface to reduce the chance of it tipping.
- The grill also must have at least five feet clearance from the house, outdoor furniture, trees, bushes, and anything else.
- Keep kids and pets away from the grill.
- NEVER leave a lit grill unattended. Before you start, make sure you have everything you need for grilling or send someone to get it.
- Don’t use your grill if the starter is broken. Look into buying a grill with an automatic starter.
- NEVER use your propane BBQ grill indoors or in an enclosed or covered area like a garage or carport. Dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, a potentially deadly odorless and colorless gas, can build up.
Contact us with any questions you have about propane safety.