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Homeowner's Corner

Summer
Safety
Tips for Worry-Free Grilling

When firing up your grills this summer, the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reminds
you to barbecue safely, whether you use gas or charcoal.
GAS GRILLS
Liquid petroleum (LP) gas or propane, used in gas grills, is
highly flammable. Each year about 30 people are injured as
a result of gas grill fires and explosions. Many of these occur
when consumers first use a grill that has been left idle for
a period of time or just after refilling and reattaching the
grill's gas container.
To reduce the risk of fire or explosion, consumers
should routinely perform the following safety checks:

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Check the tubes that lead into the burner for any
blockage from insects, spiders, or food grease.
Use a pipe cleaner or wire to clear the blockage
and push it through to the main part of the burner.
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 hot grease. If you can't move the
hoses, install a heat shield to protect them.
Replace scratched or nicked connectors,
which can eventually leak gas.
Check for gas leaks, following the manufacturer's
instructions, if you smell gas or when you reconnect
the grill to the LP gas container. If you detect a leak,
immediately turn off the gas and don't attempt to
light the grill until the leak is fixed.
Keep lighted cigarettes, matches and open flames
away from a leaking grill.
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Never use a grill indoors. Use the grill at least 10 feet
away from your house or any building. Do not use the
grill in a garage, breezeway, carport, porch or under a
surface that can catch fire.
Do not attempt to repair the tank valve or the appliance
yourself. See an LP gas dealer or a qualified appliance
repair person.
Always follow the manufacturer's instructions
that accompany the grill and when connecting or
disconnecting LP gas containers.
Consumers should use caution when storing LP gas
containers. Always keep 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.

To avoid accidents while transporting LP gas containers,
transport the container in a secure, upright position. Never
keep a filled container in a hot car or trunk. Heat will cause
the gas pressure to increase, which may open the relief
valve and allow gas to escape.
CHARCOAL GRILLS
Charcoal produces carbon monoxide when burned. Carbon
monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can accumulate
to toxic levels in closed environments. Each year about
30 people die and 100 are injured as a result of carbon monoxide fumes from charcoal grills and hibachis used indoors.
To reduce carbon monoxide poisonings, never burn
charcoal indoors, in vehicles, tents or campers, even if ventilated. Since charcoal produces carbon monoxide fumes
until the charcoal is completely extinguished, do not store
the grill indoors with freshly used coals.
For more information, visit the CPSC website at cpsc.gov.



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