Gas Grill PSA
updated: Jan 03, 2013, 11:15 AM
Source: Santa Barbara Fire Department
Propane gas grills are undoubtedly one of the
most popular outdoor appliances used today. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department
reminds people that operating a grill safely will ensure that the food is prepared properly
and the grill user is safe from harm. Please follow these important safety tips:
Lighting Propane Grills
1. Make sure that the burner control knobs are closed in the "off" position.
2. Open the grill lid prior to anything else. This ensures that no gas vapors are released
into a closed space once the flow of gas starts. Keeping the grill cover open allows any
breeze to vent propane gas vapors to the atmosphere.
3. Open the propane cylinder valve slowly to start the flow of gas. Do not open the burner
knobs before opening the service valve on the propane bottle.
4. Start the ignition source and open the burner knobs closest to the ignition source. In
other words, if the ignition is on the left side of the grill, don't start the ignition with only
the far right burner open. At the same time, if lighting the grill manually, keep the flame
next to the burner producing the flow of gas.
5. Open the remaining burners in sequence starting with burners closest to the burner that
is already lit. Now you're ready to grill with gas.
Propane Gas Grilling
1. Keep children and pets away from the grill while cooking.
2. Secure the cylinder to minimize the chance of it accidentally tipping over.
3. Cylinders with frost or condensation on the side indicate the liquid propane level. This
Shutting the Propane Grill Down
1. Close the cylinder service valve before turning the burner grill knobs to the off
2. Allow the grill to cool adequately before anything over or on it, such as a protective
The Santa Barbara County Fire Department advises the ideal location for grilling is
outdoors in a well-ventilated area such as a patio, driveway or similar non-combustible
surface open to fresh air and away from a building.
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