Summer is prime time for propane appliances, and with all of us spending more time at home these days, it’s even more important that you play it safe. Check out these helpful tips for maintaining the highest level of safety while you use your propane appliances.
Sure, it’s convenient to keep your propane grill right next to the back door when you’re grilling for friends and family. This makes it easy to transport food in and out of the kitchen, and it makes cleanup easier at the end of the day. However, the dangers of these habits cannot be ignored. If that means you have to take a few extra steps to get the job done, so be it.
Propane grills, propane patio heaters, and propane firepits and fireplaces should be at least six feet from any of your home’s windows or doors. And in order to cut down on the risk that carbon monoxide will trail into your home, these appliances also need to be at least 10 feet from any air intake device.
Beyond windows and doors, your propane appliances need space from any combustible part of your home or yard. Check to make sure that siding, deck railings, outdoor furniture and any other yard items are kept far enough away. It’s also a good idea to watch for branches or other possible debris.
The distance rule does not only apply to inanimate objects! Always make sure children and pets are keeping away and maintaining a safe distance from any propane-fueled items.
It’s peak grilling season, and you may very well have an extra propane cylinder at home. And while you may head inside to turn in at the end of the night, extra cylinders need to stay outside. Keep them upright—and you’ll be keeping everyone safe.
DO NOT store cylinders inside—ever. This includes the garage, shed, sunporch or carport.
The manufacturers’ instructions that come with propane equipment are important—as are all related safety standards, codes and regulations. It’s important that you not only review and understand this information, but that you take it seriously. Always have experienced, trained professionals install your propane equipment. It’s the safest way to go.
Taking care of your propane equipment should be a priority – not an afterthought. Be sure to have your propane equipment maintained and inspected by a professional every year. Even in the off-season, be aware of possible issues and address them right away.