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Spring has sprung and Memorial Day is right around the corner.
Warmer weather means it’s time to fire up the outdoor grill. But before you do it’s important to spend a little time doing some basic maintenance.
Here are some helpful outdoor grill tips:
- Please be sure to handle propane tanks safely, especially when replacing an empty tank.
- Make sure your grill is at a safe distance from any flammable items or structures including decks, eaves, and overhanging branches.
- When starting up a gas grill for the season, be sure to check connections and tighten anything loose. It is also recommended to check for fuel leaks at this time. To check, spray a soapy water solution to the gas hose and turn the gas on. If bubbles form, you have a leaking gas line and should get the grill serviced.
- If you smell gas during cooking, shut off the burners and fuel source.
- When operating, keep children and pets at a safe distance, and don’t leave the grill unattended.
- Removing built-up grease from the bottom tray is a must and you should do a quick cleaning before every use. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on cleaning and maintenance.
- Be sure you are familiar with your grill and its fuel source – a propane gas grill will need a manufacturer’s approved conversion kit if you choose to ditch the propane tanks and get a feed from your home’s natural gas line. This work needs to be done by a licensed plumber.
- Last but not least, when it comes to charcoal, be sure the coals are completely cool before disposing in a metal container dedicated to ashes.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and data from 2010-2014 annual averages: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/wildfire-and-seasonal-fires/grilling/grilling-safety-tips
Enjoy your backyard grilling with these simple safety steps. Whether it’s hooking up your grill to your home’s gas line, or redecorating your patio to enjoy that BBQ…”hinged” is here to help!
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