How to Extinguish an Propane Gas Grill Fire
Posted: August 5, 2019
When it comes to using a propane gas grill – or any other home propane equipment – safety is always the top priority; a gas grill fire that is not properly controlled can burn out of control and create a dangerous situation in and around your Central Maine home.
Here are four things to remember when it comes to properly and safely extinguishing a propane gas grill fire:
- Think prevention – Leftover grease is the leading cause of grill fires – be sure to clean your grills before each use (your food will taste better and cook more evenly when you do this, too). Keep at least three feet of space around your grill, and place it several feet away from anything flammable – including your wooden deck (a flat concrete or brick slab is always preferable). Never leave a grill unattended, especially with children and pets around.
- Remember the “big three” – A good way to think about fire prevention when grilling is to remember that you always need three elements to create fire –heat, fuel, and oxygen. If you remove any one of those elements, it will put the fire out.
- Be prepared – Keep a fire extinguisher near the grill at all times; baking soda can also smother a fire, so keep box of it nearby. NEVER USE WATER TO PUT OUT A GREASE FIRE! Always have a phone charged and on-hand in case of emergency.
- Act quickly if needed – If the fire is inside the grill or in the hose, turn off the gas knob on the tank; this will cut off the fuel supply to the fire (see #2 above). If you are unable to reach the knob, use the fire extinguisher to put out the fire and call 911 immediately; the fire may quickly move to the tank, which would be extremely hazardous. If the fire is in or at the tank, clear the area and call 911 immediately.
Grill safely this summer! If you have any questions about propane safety, or need a propane delivery for your built-in propane grill, our experts are always a phone call away.