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Propane Grilling Safety Tips

Published on: July 25, 2022

Keep Your Summer BBQs Safe and Fun This Season

gas grills virginiaSummertime is well known as the peak grilling season here in Southern Virginia. So, be sure to keep these safety tips in mind before you transport propane, or light up the grill and enjoy great times outside with family, friends, and delicious food.

Gas Grill Precautions To Remember

  1. Position your grill at least six feet away from your home or any physical structure on sturdy and level ground.
  2. Never leave the grill unattended when in operation.
  3. Check all hoses and connections for leaks before operating the grill. A loose or cracked hose can cause a potentially critical safety issue.
  4. Never light a gas grill with the lid closed. Open the lid before turning on the gas at the tank. If the grill doesn’t light after a couple of clicks, turn off the burner, turn the gas off at the tank, and wait 5 or 10 minutes before attempting to light it again. 
  5. Keep your grill lid accessible to extinguish small flare-ups. It’s also a good idea to portable fire extinguisher or baking soda on hand. DO NOT attempt to extinguish a grease fire with water!
  6. Never attach or disconnect an LP tank or adjust fittings while the grill is operating. If you run out of gas while grilling, turn off all the burners, reconnect the new tank, and re-light. When you finish grilling, shut the gas valve, and disconnect the LP couplings before storing the grill. 

Transporting a Propane Cylinder Safely

  1. Transport it upright—with the valve on top—in a secure position to prevent rolling.
  2. Close and plug the cylinder valve.
  3. Place the cylinder in a well-vented area inside the vehicle.
  4. Don’t leave the cylinder in a hot vehicle; go straight to your propane dealer and straight home when you pick it up.
  5. Don’t smoke while handling or transporting propane cylinders.

Are you still using a clunky, old charcoal grill? Make the switch to a propane grill and enjoy instant start-ups, no chemical fumes, and precise temperature control for the perfect summertime meal. We offer convenient tank refills, too! Stop by our Radford showroom or contact us today for more information.

Since 1945, SWVA Gas Service has built a reputation of providing our customers with delivery they can count on for their home or business. We’re locally owned and operated here in Radford, VA, so we understand the needs of our neighbors and will go the extra mile in a way no other propane service provider can!