Gas Grill Safety - What to Know!

Safety standards assigned to the manufacturing of barbeque grills is designed to benefit the consumer by reducing the risk of fire and explosion hazard. In 2002, with the urging of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) safety standards for propane gas tanks required that an "over-fill prevention device" be installed in new gas tanks. Propane gas tanks manufactured after 2002 have valve handles with three "lobes" (prongs) while older tanks have valve handles with five prongs.

To make gas grills safer, the CPSC urged the industry to provide for safety features in gas grills, connections, and hoses. As a result in 1995 gas grill safety standards included a device designed to limit the flow of gas if the hose ruptures; a mechanism to shut-off the grill if it overheats; and a device to prevent the flow of gas if the connection between tank and grill is not leak-proof. It is suggested that people who own a gas grill that don't meet the 1995 safety standards either buy a new gas grill, or exercise the following safety tips:

Gas Grill Safety Tips:

Here are some safety tips provided by CPSC to reduce the risk of fire or explosion with gas grills:

  • Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes, and leaks.
  • Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.
  • Move gas hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease.
  • Always keep propane gas containers upright.
  • Never store a spare gas container under or near the grill or indoors.
  • Never store or use flammable liquids, like gasoline, near the grill.
  • Never keep a filled container in a hot car or car trunk. Heat will cause the gas pressure to increase, which may open the relief valve and allow gas to escape.
  • Make sure your spark igniter is consistently generating a spark to create a flame and burn the propane gas. If the flame is not visible, the heavier-than-air propane gas may be escaping and could explode.
  • Never bring the propane tank into the house.

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