What to Do If Your Propane Grill Catches Fire

What to Do If Your Propane Grill Catches Fire

Keep Propane Safety on Your Menu This Summer

propane grill new york With the propane grilling season heating up in the Empire State, here are timely tips about what you should do if you ever have a grease fire or flare-up on your outdoor propane grill.

First and foremost, you need to always be ready for an emergency. That’s why you should keep a portable fire extinguisher near your grill. Having backup resources close by, such as baking soda, sand or a fire blanket, is also recommended so you have other means to quickly smother any fire that erupts while you’re grilling.

Managing Flare-ups on Your Propane Grill

Grill flare-ups are tall flames that give off a lot of smoke. These are quite common when grilling meats because of dripping fat, oil, and marinades. To prevent your flare-up from turning into a full-fledged fire, close your grill lid quickly, which should extinguish small flare-ups. You can also do this:

  • Move the food to a warming rack, using long-handled tongs to prevent burning yourself.
  • Slowly replace the food and put it at the center of the grill to let fat burn off; continue this process for each item.
  • Once all food has been returned to the grill, finish cooking with a watchful eye.

What to Do If You Have a Grill Fire

The problem with flare-ups is that these can spread quickly and easily turn into an actual fire. Here’s what to do if it looks like your flare-up has turned into something more serious.

  • Turn the grill off.
  • Remove the food and smother the flames by using either a fire extinguisher, baking soda, sand, or a fire blanket. NEVER use water to extinguish a grease fire. Throwing water on the fire can make the fire spread.
  • Close the lid and any grill vents to further starve the fire of oxygen.
  • If the propane tank has become part of the fire, or if the fire expands out of control, evacuate the area at once and call the fire department.

Tips to Avoid a Grease Fire

The best way to manage grease fires and flare-ups is to avoid them in the first place. Here are ways to do it.

  • Clean your grill regularly, following instructions from your manufacturer. Regular cleaning will greatly reduce the risk of fire. Your food will taste better too!
  • Grease sometimes pools in the firebox area around the burners. If it is safe to do so, turn off the gas and leave the lid open so the grease can burn off.
  • Always cook with the lid down and leave it down during cooking time.
  • Oil the food, not the grates.

More Propane Grill Safety Reminders

No matter how good you are at grilling, it’s always a good idea to review as many grill safety tips as you can.

  1. Keep your grill at least six feet away from your home and position it on sturdy and level ground.
  2. Never leave the grill unattended.
  3. Never light a gas grill with the lid closed. To light your grill, open the lid before turning on the gas. If the grill doesn’t light after a couple of clicks, turn off the burner, turn the gas off at the tank, and wait 5 or 10 minutes before attempting to light it again. If you still have trouble, it’s time to call in a propane pro for help.
  4. Never attach or disconnect a propane tank or adjust fittings while the grill is running. If you run out of gas while grilling, turn off all the burners, reconnect the new tank, and re-light the grill.

NY Rebates for Propane Appliances

If you want to install a new propane furnace, boiler or water heater, get in touch with your New York propane service company. They’ll be glad to walk you through the process and they can also tell you about current New York rebates that will help you save money on your purchase.

When you install any propane-powered equipment, it’s essential that you bring in a licensed propane technician. Propane equipment is extremely safe when installed properly. But as with all energy sources, improper installation can be dangerous. Certified propane technicians have the training, experience, and tools to do the job quickly, correctly, and safely.

This is largely because of the Certified Employee Training Program (CETP), which is run under the direction of the Propane Education & Research Council. What’s more, you can only take advantage of available rebates if your installation is inspected for safety with a Gas Check®. Please speak to your New York propane company about this inspection.