Immediate Release Contact: David Chauvin, (516) 623-6435, June 23, 2005
Town of North Hempstead Offers Tips on Grilling
Manhasset, NY- With the summer barbecue season upon us, North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Councilman Robert Troiano offers some safety tips for the use of outdoor propane/gas grills.Each year numerous people are injured as a result of gas grill fires and explosions.
“People are using outdoor gas/propane grills in increasing numbers every year," Supervisor Kaiman commented. “To help you and your family have a safe and enjoyable summer of cookouts and barbecues, I have listed a few safety tips you should keep in mind when using gas/propane grills.”
The following are some safety tips to reduce the risk of fire or explosion with gas grills:
- Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes, and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.
- Move gas hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease.
- Always keep propane gas containers upright.
- Never store a spare gas container under or near the grill or indoors.
- Never store or use flammable liquids, like gasoline, near the grill.
- Never keep a filled container in a hot car or car trunk. Heat will cause the gas pressure to increase, which may open the relief valve and allow gas to escape.
- Make sure your spark igniter is consistently generating a spark to create a flame and burn the propane gas. If the flame is not visible, the heavier-than-air propane gas may be escaping and could explode.
- Never bring the propane tank into the house.
“Residents who use charcoal grills should never burn charcoal inside of homes, vehicles, tents, or campers. Charcoal should never be used indoors, even if ventilation is provided,” added Councilman Trioano.“Moreover, since charcoal produces CO fumes until the charcoal is completely extinguished, do not store the grill indoors with freshly used coals.”