Propane Safety: Hot Tips For Your Summer

Play it safe when operating propane appliances this summer

propane grill safety hudson valleyWith summer just around the corner here in the Hudson Valley, we’re not hesitating a second to get outside and enjoy the lovely weather when it comes around. In saying that, you probably know propane makes our back yards THE place to be, between grills, deck and patio heaters, pool and spa heaters, firepits, and fireplaces.

To properly enjoy all that, you need to practice proper propane safety. We’ve put together a list of things to do, and not to do:

Keep your distances

You may like having your propane BBQ grill close to the house so you can easily bring food out and back inside. But that’s not safe. Propane-burning equipment like grills need a clear space around them, so keep them away from anything combustible like fences, deck railings, vinyl siding, and materials that emit combustible fumes, such as paint or other finishing product.

Also, your grill, deck or patio heater, firepit, or fireplace must be at least three feet from all doors and windows on your home, and 10 feet or more from any air intake device. This is to reduce the risk of propane vapor getting into or building up in your home. Make sure that children and pets are kept at least three feet away from outdoor propane equipment when they’re in operation.

Know how to store your propane cylinders

Having an extra propane cylinder or two makes sense. You’ll always have enough for your grill and you’ll save yourself a extra trip. Depew Energy makes it even easier with our propane cylinder refill and exchange service.

But, please make sure to store them correctly. Always store them upright, and keep them outdoors. NEVER store cylinders indoors, or in a garage, carport, shed, or sunporch.

Take care of your propane equipment

Your propane equipment should be inspected and serviced every year by a professional propane service technician. Clean and inspect your equipment frequently throughout the summer to spot any problems.

Follow instructions and regulations

Propane equipment must be installed according to instructions from the manufacturer as well as all propane regulations, codes, and standards. The best way to ensure that happening is by having your propane equipment installed by professionals.

Have questions about propane safety? Be sure to check out our propane safety page right here on our website – it’s filled with helpful tips, tricks and information for you!

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