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10 Safe Grilling Tips For Your Home This Spring

grill cylinder exchange west virginiaSpring is here, which means that soon it will be time to get cooking on your propane grill!

Just remember to do it safely: every year, thousands of people in backyards across America suffer preventable injuries from unsafe grilling practices. Follow these propane grill safety tips to prevent injuries and avoid damage to your West Virginia or western Maryland home:

  1. Grill at least six feet away from your home.
  2. Keep your grill on sturdy, level ground away from heavy traffic.
  3. Clean your propane grill after every use to avoid grease-burning flare-ups – the most common source of grill fires.
  4. Before you fire up your grill, check it for leaks.
  5. To light your grill, open the lid of the grill then turn on the gas at the tank. Never light a gas grill with the lid closed. If the grill doesn’t light after one or two clicks, turn off the burner, turn the gas off at the tank, and wait 10 minutes before trying it again.
  6. Keep a lid for your grill within reach to extinguish small grease flare-ups; It’s also a good idea to keep a portable fire extinguisher or baking soda on-hand. NEVER try to put out a grease fire with water!
  7. Unattended grills are the source of 46 percent of cooking fire-related civilian injuries, according to the National Fire Protection Association – more than any other factor. Stand by your grill!
  8. Always practice food safety:
    • Wash your hands or use antibacterial gel or wipes before eating or handling food – especially raw meat, poultry, or fish.
    • Separate raw meats from cooked and prepared foods. Store raw meats in a separate cooler, place raw meat on its own plate, and use different utensils to handle uncooked and cooked food.
    • Always cook your food to safe temperatures.
  9. Never attach or disconnect an LP tank or adjust fittings while the grill is operating. If you run out of gas while grilling, turn off all the burners, reconnect the new tank, and re-light. When you finish grilling, shut the gas valve and disconnect the LP couplings before storing the grill.
  10. When transporting your tank for a propane cylinder refill, put it in a secure, well-ventilated location in your vehicle. Place it upright with the valve off, and take it directly to the refilling location. Do not leave the tank unaccompanied in the vehicle!

Enjoy safe grilling all year long with propane fill-up and cylinder exchange services from the pros at Roach Energy! Count on Roach Energy for cylinder tank refills and cylinder tank exchanges in Hedgesville, Shepherdstown, and nearby towns, including these convenient locations:

Potomac Farms Nursery
789 Potomac Farms Drive
Shepherdstown, WV
304-876-3188

ROCS Local Market
1224 TJ Jackson Drive
Falling Waters, WV 25419
304-274-6314

ROCS Moler Avenue
1100 Shepherdstown Road
Martinsburg, WV
304-260-0322

Sunfire Energy Solutions
301 E. Stephen Street
Martinsburg, WV
304-267-3029

NAPA Auto Parts
7952 Winchester Avenue
Inwood, WV
304-229-5841

Butler’s Farm Market
1793 Dry Run Road
Martinsburg, WV
304-262-9414

Heiston Supply Company
36 Variform Drive
Martinsburg, WV 25405
304-263-3364