Gas grill safety is something that you rarely think about because most of it is fairly basic. Grilling may even be safer then cooking indoors, however it is the greasy nature of the food cooked outdoors that will cause a lot of your safety concerns.
The image above is why you should never store a propane tank indoors.
Always keep the bottom tray and grease catch pan of your gas grill clean and free of debris, this will help prevents grease fires.
Always use long-handled grill tools and/or grill gloves to prevent burns.
If a flare-up should occur, turn all burners off and move food to another area of the cooking grate. Flames should quickly subside as the grease burns off. Then you may light the grill again.
Do not use your grill indoors or under a roof of any kind.
NEVER use water to extinguish a grease fire. Salt will work better.
Do not line the bottom tray of your grill with foil. This may prevent the grease from flowing into the grease catch pan.
Place your grill in an area that is away from children and pets.
Always keep your lid closed if you have any activity around your grill (party etc).
Close the main valve of your propane tank after each use.
Do not overfill your propane tank.
Gas grill safety: Your Grill Brush
Inspect your grill brush for loose bristles after every use. Worn out bristles can become lodged in your grates and then in your food or you can use a bristle free brush as shown below.
Gas grill safety: the grates:
Inspect your porcelain coated grates after every use. Chipping porcelain can flake and end up in your food. Do not use them if there is any sign of damage.
Inline propane tank gauges like the one shown below typically have a flow restrictor built in. This will automatically kick in if it senses something wrong.
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