KILGORE FIRE DEPARTMENT SAFETY TIPS

Outdoor Cooking & Using Propane

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Nothing says summer like firing up the grill. Outdoor grilling is one of the most popular ways to cook food. A little precaution and preparation are needed to make sure you have a safe grilling season. Be sure that you only use your propane grill outdoors and that it is not placed too close to anything that can burn.

Some tips for Propane Grills:

• Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year and after each time the gas tank is reconnected.

• A soap and water solution (⅓ liquid dish soap and ⅔ water) applied to the hose and connection will quickly reveal escaping propane by causing bubbles to form. If you determine by smell or by the soap bubble test that your gas tank hose and connection has a gas leak, do the following:

- Turn off the gas tank and grill.

- If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.

- If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.

• Use only equipment that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to set up and maintain the grill.

• Always store propane gas tanks outside of buildings and garages. Vapors leaked indoors can be easily ignited by pilot lights or electrical equipment, causing an explosion. If you store a gas grill inside during the winter, disconnect the tank or cylinder and leave it outside.

• Light a propane grill only with the cover open. If the flame on the propane grill goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 5 minutes before relighting.

• When transporting your tank, put it in a secure, well ventilated place in our vehicle.

Stay S.A.F.F.E.,

Johnny Bellows

Fire Chief

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