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Grill Safety Tips for the Holiday Weekend

grilling largeWith 4th of July a three day weekend, one of the top grilling holidays of the year, and as Americans across the country cook brats and burgers on their backyard gas grills this Independence Day, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) and Food Network chef Sunny Anderson are reminding grillers to follow basic safety tips at, including:



1. Follow instructions. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for assembling, using, and maintaining your grill.

2. Keep it outdoors. Outdoor propane grills should be located on a level surface at least five feet from the house, siding, outdoor furniture, and anything else that could be a fire hazard.

3. Be smart when lighting and relighting. Keep the lid open and don’t lean over the grill when lighting it. If the flame goes out, turn off the gas and refer to the owner’s manual. At a minimum, the National Fire Protection Association advises grillers to turn off the gas, keep the lid open, and wait at least 15 minutes before relighting.

4. Be present. A true grill master never leaves a grill unattended.

5. Check for leaks. Use a soapy water solution to check connections for leaks. Expanding bubbles indicate a leak. Follow this procedure when replacing a cylinder.

At, grilling enthusiasts can also download recipes from Sunny and submit their own original grill recipes, which will be included in Sunny’s new cookbook next summer. The top recipe submission, as picked by Sunny, will win a free trip to Washington D.C. and proceeds from the cookbook will benefits military veterans and their families.

For more information on gas grill safety and to submit recipes in the Grilling for Heroes contest, visit

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