Grill Safety

Before grilling, inspect your grill,
including your propane tank.

Make Sure Your Tank is NOT:

  • Dented, bulging or cracked
  • Rust or pitted, particularly on the bottom
  • Bent on the tank’s foot ring, collar and valve cover; and there’s a working Overfill Prevention Device, or OPD


  • Your grill tank is good for the first 12 years, but then needs to be recertified every 5 years.
  • Check the connection points between the hose, regulator and cylinder. Tighten if loose. 

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Safe Grilling Tips

Follow The Manufacturer's Instructions

Whether it's assembly, use, maintenance, cleaning, or storage, make your grill manufacturer's instructions you go-to resource for safe grilling.

Position the Grill in a Safe Location

Keep your grill outdoors and at least five feet from the house on a level surface that is clear of outdoor furniture, overhead treesm or other potential fire hazards.

Check for Leaks

Use a soapy water solution to check connections for leaks. Expanding bubbles indicate a leak. If there is a leak, make sure you have your tank serviced by a professional. Follow this procedure every time you replace a cylinder.

Follow the Proper Lighting Procedures

Follow the manufacturer's lighting instructions, and with all grill models, keep the lid open and do not lean over the grill when lighting it.

Follow Proper Relighting Procedures

If your flame goes out, turn off the gas and refer to your owner's manual. At a minimum, with all grill models, keep the lid open and wait at least 15 minutes before relighting.

Be Present

Stay close and never leave your grill unattended.