When the right person is holding the spatula, a gas grill can cook up some mean chicken, steaks, and burgers. However, many grill-masters light up more than their grill every year because they fail to follow basic safety guidelines. Prove to your friends and family who the true king or queen of the grill is by putting safety first.
Keep the grill away from the house. Ten feet is an acceptable distance if you want to prevent an out-of-control grill fire from reaching your home. The 10 foot distance also applies to awnings, carports, or other structures attached to your home.
Inspect the grill often. Bugs can crawl in the nooks and crannies of the grill and obstruct the flow of the fuel. In addition, leaks and cracks in the hoses, valves, and other parts can affect the fuel path. When fuel flows in the wrong place, or parts aren’t functioning properly, it can lead to a fire.
Keep kids away. Kids can easily bump into a smoldering grill and burn themselves. The National Fire Protection Agency estimates that more than a quarter of grill burns happen to youngsters under the age of five. When kids hang around a gas grill, they might also knock it over and send some sparks or flames into your yard.
Don’t store your LP cylinder indoors. If you store your gas grill in a garage or shed, remove the LP cylinder and store it outside.
Never turn on the gas with the lid closed. This can cause gas to build up in your grill. Then, when you light it, a fireball could explode and cause serious burns to your face and body.
In addition to the above safety tips, never leave a hot gas grill unattended. If you need to step away from the grill, have a responsible adult keep an eye on it for you.