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Tips for Safe Propane Grilling

BBQ ImageBBQ ImageIts grill time again.

Before you break out those burgers, let's review some safety tips for your propane grill.

Check connections before you use your grill. Use a leak-detection solution. Never use matches or lighters.

Use the grill outdoors only. It must be properly ventilated at all times.

Turn off burners and close cylinder valves when not in use.

Store cylinders in an upright position.

Shut off the grill and allow it to completely cool before covering it after use.

Cover hose-end fittings and burner air intakes with protective fitting caps when not in use.

And the biggest "Do" to remember: Call the fire department if you notice a leak or uncontrollable fire. Get everyone away from the grill until you get the all-clear from firefighters.

Smoke while setting up your grill, or handling the propane cylinder.

Leave the cylinder in your vehicle or the sun. The sun's heat will cause the propane to expand, which could cause a fire.

Follow these tips and enjoy your grilling!

Propane Safety Tips for RV Owners

Propane safety imageAhh, summer. Time for RV owners to head out on the highway, explore their favorite places and find some new ones.

And what better way to power all that cross-country fun than with portable, economical propane? It can provide the energy for all your appliances so your RV is as comfortable as your home.

But before you hit the open road, check your RV propane system to make sure your ride will be safe.

  1. Check your cylinders, brackets, and holding mechanisms. If they're rusted or corroded, you'll need to replace them.
  2. Have a certified technician check your system once a year. They'll check for potentially dangerous leaks and other malfunctions and give you peace of mind.
  3. Inspect your appliances. Make sure the connections are not damaged and everything is in good working order.
  4. Keep a working fire extinguisher handy and make sure your RV has operational carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
  5. Make sure exterior vents are clear of debris.

And as always, before you hit the road, review your plan for what to do if you smell gas. If it happens in your RV, pull over, shut off all burners, extinguish all open flames (that includes your cigarette!), and turn the gas off, if you can do so safely. Open doors and windows to ventilate the area. Get as far away from the vehicle as you can and call 911. Do not re-start the RV until a technician has inspected your propane system.

Follow these tips and have a great road trip!

Open House Scheduled June 26

Come down to Lakes Gas in Grand Rapids, Minnesota Friday, June 26th for an open house. It'll run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2610 E. US Highway 169. Brats, hot dogs, chips and pop will be served by the Trout Lake Fire Department until they're gone. Donations are welcome. You can also take advantage of $10 cylinder refill specials and register for drawings. Live music by Country Legends will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. See you there!

Click here for Event Details & Offers

Let Propane Power your Business

Commercial propane ImageYou know propane is used in homes across America every day. But did you know it's also a great choice to power your business?

Lakes Gas customers includes farmers, contractors, forklift operators, and companies in many other industries. We can also power the buses, trucks, or cars in your commercial fleet.

Here are some reasons to consider commercial propane:

Cheaper to Operate
Business owners are concerned with ROI, return on investment. And when it comes to big returns, propane is a clear winner. Propane-powered appliances can cost more up front, but the reduced operating costs and lower fuel prices will quickly help them pay for themselves.

More Efficient
Propane may be more expensive than natural gas per unit, but it has more than twice the usable energy per cubic foot of natural gas. So when you choose commercial propane, you're getting much more energy bang for your buck. That's savings you can pass on to your customers.

Propane is not considered a greenhouse gas. It is clean-burning and made in the USA. As more and more customers think about the environment, your use of commercial propane can be a powerful marketing tool reach new demographics.

Find out more about how Lakes Gas can help you with your commercial propane needs here.

Summer Propane Safety: Hot Tips

Summer GrillingWhen you think summer, you think propane, right?

Okay, maybe it's not the first thing that pops into your head when the temperature starts to climb. But with all the grilling, camping, and road trips it helps fuel, propane might just be the unofficial gas of the season.

Here are some tips to make sure you're using propane safely this summer.

Pre-Grilling Guidelines
Before you fire up the grill, it's best to check it to make sure it is working properly after months without use. Check your hoses for cracks, holes and leaks. Scope out the tubes leading to the burner and make sure they aren't blocked. Clean old grease from drip trays and grates. Issue eviction notices to any spiders that have turned your grill into an arachnid condominium over the winter.

Then, look at the propane tank itself. Be on the lookout for dents, gouges, corrosion, signs of leakage, or excessive rust. If you see any damage, contact your propane supplier. If needed, they can They'll help you properly dispose of the old tank. While you're at it, order a new tank. Those burgers are not going to cook themselves.

Fire It Up!
Now it's time to get grilling. To light your grill, open the lid and ignite the burner immediately. You don't want to trap the gas under the lid and cause a fire. And since you're working with an open flame, you'll obviously want to keep flammable materials – and people– away. So tell the knitting circle to give you some space.

If it's raining and you still want to grill, resist the urge to turn your garage into an outdoor kitchen. Propane grills need proper ventilation, and your garage doesn't have it. Keep your grilling to outdoor, open areas, and cook your rainy-day burgers on the stove.

Take your Tank
Before you grill anything, you'll probably need to transport your propane tank from the store to your home. Do it safely, and you'll live to grill again. Here are some safety tips:

Keep the tank upright. It should sit in your truck bed or trunk. Rolling or bouncing could cause a dent or puncture.

Don't leave it in your car. The sun, as you may know, is incredibly hot. Heat makes things expand. And expanding propane gas could explode ignite. So remove the tank from your car as quickly as possible. Explosions might look cool in the movies, but they could really ruin your barbecue.

Cap it. Always close the cylinder valve and use a cylinder plug while transporting propane. You might think your tank is empty, but some gas could still leak out and fill your car. And driving a ball of gas is not a great idea.

Follow your nose. Propane gas is odorless, but it contains an additive so you'll know when there is a leak. If you smell rotten eggs, pull over and remove the tank from your car. You can always get another propane tank. You can't get another you.

Follow these Summer Propane Safety Hot Tips and you will have successful grilling this summer.