Playing it Safe with Propane

After our Kansas winter during which we saw snow and lots of it, now comes our very warm weather and the return to outdoor living this Memorial Day Weekend. For homeowners with outdoor propane appliances, the wait is over. Portable fire pits, patio heaters, and propane gas grills make outdoor living spaces comfortable places to gather now.

For many of us, getting these outdoor areas ready for early-season entertaining is priority one on spring cleaning to-do lists. Two thirds of homeowners report spending more time in their outdoor living spaces now than in years past; and more than half are looking for new ways to make the outdoor living season last longer.

Before bring out the portable appliances and firing up the propane grill, state Propane Marketers offer up this advice to help you get the most out of your outdoor appliances, and do it safely!

* Keep burnable materials like dry grass, wood, or debris at least 10 feet away from propane tanks and cylinders. Never burn wood, coal, or anything other than propane in a propane grill or fire pit.
* Never store your tanks or cylinders inside buildings, including garages or sheds.
* Read and follow the manufacturer's instruction for the appliance you're using.
* Have your fire pit checked by a professional every year.
* If your igniter fails to light the grill after two or three tries, turn off the gas and replace the igniter according to manufacturer's instructions.
* When it's time to refill or replace a propane cylinder, stow it upright in your vehicle in a well-ventilated area, and not in the trunk. Return home quickly after refilling your tank.
* You should replace any tank that has holes, dents, rusted weak spots, cracks, or other damage, or has passed its expiration date.

And here some things you definitely DO NOT want to do around propane tanks or grills:
* Don't smoke while handling the cylinder.
* Don't check for leaks using matches or a lighter.
* Don't pour gas or lighter fluid on your grill.
* Don't allow your kids to tamper with the propane tank.
* Don't store them near the grill, or in high temperatures.

Click on to www.usepropane.com to find more information on making your grilling spaces safe.


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