Gas Grill Safety Tips

The image above is why you should never store a propane tank indoors.

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.

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.

Keep your lid closed if you have any activity around your grill (party etc).

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.

Inspect your porcelain coated grates after every use. Chipping porcelain can flake and end up in your food.

Close the main valve of your propane tank after each use.

Do not overfill your propane tank.

About the author: Mike is the owner of, a Certified Food Safety Professional and KCBS member.

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