PRE-SEASON CHECK FOR PROPANE BBQ GRILLS
Check the tubes that lead into the burner for any blockage from insects or grease. Using a pipe cleaner or stiff wire to clear any blockage and push it through to the main part of the burner is a good idea. Visually inspect all hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks. A soap and water solution may be used to test for leaks. Never use a flame to check for gas leaks. Move propane hoses as far as possible from hot surfaces and dripping grease. Visually inspect the propane tank. If it has dents, gouges, bulges, corrosion, leakage, or excessive rust, return the tank to the propane gas distributor. Never attempt to repair the propane tank valve or the appliance yourself. Have a qualified repairperson make the repairs or simply buy a new tank. Follow the maintenance instructions provided in the grill owner’s manual.
PROPANE BBQ GRILLING OPERATIONS
Barbecue grills are designed for outdoor use only. Never barbecue in your trailer, tent, house, garage, or any enclosed area as carbon monoxide may accumulate. Carbon monoxide can build up quickly and kill you. Whenever the propane tank is connected, the grill must be kept outside in a well-ventilated space. When not in use, the propane tank valve must be turned to the OFF or CLOSED position. Position the grill in an open area at least 10 feet away from buildings, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Use barbecue utensils with long handles to avoid burns and splatters. Have a garden hose or bucket of sand available to extinguish any small grill flare-ups. Once lit, never leave a grill unattended. Never store a propane tank indoors or below ground level. The storage of a spare propane cylinder is strongly discouraged. Find a local propane distributor who will exchange an empty tank for a full one on the spot.
TRANSPORTING PROPANE TANKS
Extreme caution should be taken while transporting full or empty propane tanks. Propane tanks should always be secured in an upright position in the back seat of your car, or in the pickup bed of your truck, with transportation plugs on the outlet valve connection. Avoid having other passengers in the car, especially children. Never leave a propane tank unattended in your car.