Chances are, your grill sits idle for at least a few months of winter. If this is the case, before firing it up, take a few minutes to prepare your barbecue for grilling season.
Re-read your owner's manual. If you didn't keep it, search the web for the make & model and you'll most likely find a copy online. When you do, save this on your computer for future reference. Please be careful to follow all of the manufacturer's instructions.
After connecting your grill to the propane cylinder, use a leak detection solution or soapy water to check connections, turn on gas, coat with solution or soapy water again, look for bubbles caused by leaks. If you see any, turn off gas, tighten and recheck.
When lighting your grill, keep the lid open, turn on gas, turn on burner, and then press the ignite button. If it doesn't ignite, turn off the gas, keep lid open and wait five minutes before trying again.
If burners go out during operation, turn off the burners and shut off gas. Leave lid open 5 minutes before re-trying. Make sure there is sufficient fuel. (See how to check fuel levels - link)
Kids love to be outdoors during the spring/summer grilling season! And they are often very curious. Make sure you keep children away from tank and grill, and take a few minutes before firing up to remind them of the dangers of getting too close.
A fun safety lesson might be to have the kids draw a 3 foot safety zone around the grill with sidewalk chalk so they can see how far they should stay away.
This site is a fun way to teach kids about propane safety.
Published: August 16, 2013