Tips for gas grills
- Check all connections with soapy water to make sure they are tight. The appearance of bubbles indicates leaks—retighten any leaking connections.
- Keep grease out of the hose or gas cylinder.
- Store the cylinder (including those attached to barbecues), outside in a shaded, cool area out of direct sunlight.
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions.
- Transport liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders on the floor of the vehicle with all windows open. Cylinders should be in the upright position. Never transport cylinders in the trunk of a vehicle. Remove the cylinder from the vehicle as soon as possible.
- Use only a small amount of charcoal starter fuel. A little goes a long way! Consider using charcoal that does not require starter fuel for ignition.
- Never add starter fuel once the fire has been started. Fire can easily follow the stream of fluid back to the container and possibly cause an explosion.
- Wet ashes with water before emptying the grill. Ashes may contain live coals that can start a fire if not disposed of properly.
- Don't use the grill inside, even in a garage, on a porch or on a balcony, the fire marshal said. "Charcoal grills produce carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless, and poisonous gas, which even in small quantities can cause injury or death," Geraci said.