Grill Safety LakesIt's grilling season! But choosing the right cut of meat isn’t the only thing you need to think about. It’s important to grill safely so your barbecue doesn’t end with a trip to the emergency room.

Before you turn on your propane grill, review these safety tips from our friends at the Propane Education and Research Council.

Follow the Manufacturer’s Instructions

Just because you've used a grill before doesn’t mean you’ve mastered them all. Your grill may have unique instructions for operating, lighting, cleaning and storing, so read the owner’s manual before you fire it up.

Grill in a Safe Location

PERC recommends setting your grill up at least five feet away from the house or garage on a flat surface to prevent tipping. Make sure patio furniture, trees, pets and people are well out of the way, too.

Check for Leaks

After a winter tucked away, it’s best to check your grill connections before your first cookout. Turn on the gas bottle (without turning on the grill), then spray or sponge the valve, regulator and hose assembly with a solution of water and dish soap. If you see bubbles that get larger, you’ve got a leak and need to replace the connection before using the grill. Then, retest to be sure the new connection is free of leaks.

Stick Around

Don’t leave your grill unattended while you’re cooking. Keep an eye on it so you can respond to any issues before they become dangerous.

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