11 tips to stay safe while grilling this summer

Now that summer is here, we know you’re excited to get back to outdoor parties and BBQs. These events often can include the use of gas grills. When not used correctly, gas grills can be a safety hazard and result in fires. Whether you’re a new griller or a pro, before firing up your grill this season, review these safe gas grilling tips.

Remember, if you smell a gas odor while outside, move at least 350 feet away from the area, report the smell by calling 1-800-880-7734 (PSEG) and remain at a safe distance until PSE&G arrives..

Before You Grill

  1. Read and follow the manufacturer’s safety guidelines before operating a gas grill.
  2. Inspect your gas grill prior to using it each season. Make sure all the fittings are tight, drip pans are clean, and there are no insect nests in the burners.
  3. Check connections by rubbing soapy water over them. If you see any bubbling, tighten the fittings.
  4. Clean grill surfaces before you start cooking.

During Grill Use

  1. When lighting the grill, make sure the burner controls are not set to maximum levels. Never try to light the grill with the lid closed.
  2. Keep your face and hair away from the grill when lighting burners.
  3. If the grill fails to light, keep the lid open for at least 5 minutes to allow residual gas to disperse before attempting to relight.
  4. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of fire.
  5. Make sure children are kept a safe distance away from the grill.
  6. Be sure to operate the grill at a safe distance away from the home and any other combustible materials. The high amount of heat generated has the potential for melting vinyl siding.
  7. Turn the valves off when you’re finished cooking.

If your grill is not working properly, arrangements can be made to schedule a repair service by contacting PSE&G WorryFree or your local plumber. Learn more about PSE&G’s WorryFree program here.

Safety should always be your first concern when firing up the grill. By following these simple tips, you can ensure that everyone will have a safe summer. 

PSEG Editorial Team

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