Practice Safe Grilling!

Before you open that grill, be sure to follow these simple steps to practice safe grilling!

Grilling season has finally arrived!  Homeowners are ready for good times with family and friends over some great barbecue cooked with a natural gas grill.

While natural gas grills allow owners to skip some of the seasonal preparation required by other types of grills, they do require some additional safety measures to be sure they are safe and ready for grilling season.  It only takes a few minutes to check your gas grill for leaks before firing it up to be sure you are practicing safe grilling.

Step 1:

Inspect all hoses on the grill. Look for signs of brittleness, cracking, holes, abrasions, or tears.  Be sure all the connection points are securely tightened and there are no bends or kinks in the hoses.

Step 2:

Confirm that all burners are turned off, including the side burner.  Turn on the natural gas supply.  Do NOT light burners during the safety inspection.

Step 3:

Create a soapy solution by mixing equal parts of water and liquid detergent. Using a brush or spray bottle, wet each gas fitting with the soapy solution.  If bubbles begin to form, there is a leak.  Turn off the gas supply, tighten the connection and retest with the soapy solution.  If the bubbling continues after tightening the connection, do not operate the grill.  Contact a professional service like Alabama Gaslight & Grill or a certified gas fitter to inspect your natural gas grill before using it again.

Things You Will Need:

  • Water
  • Liquid detergent
  • Soft-bristled brush or spray bottle

Tips:

  • Before using your grill, visit SaferProducts.gov to be sure there has not been a recall on your grill.
  • To ensure maximum safety and a longer life for your grill, have it inspected and maintained annually by a professional.
  • Perform a leak test every time you replace any hoses or new parts on your grill.
  • Be sure to read manuals or warnings provided by the manufacturer before using your gas grill.
  • Keep your grill’s hoses as far away from heat as possible. Avoid letting hot grease drip onto the hoses to prevent potentially dangerous leaks.
  • Never use your gas grill in an enclosed space. Grill outside in well-ventilated areas.
  • Never leave your grill unattended during operation.

 

At Trussville Gas & Water, the safety of our customers and service teams is our top priority.  Be sure to follow these safety tips and those recommended by your grill manufacturer to practice safe grilling!