Caution urged before firing up the grill
Firing up the gas grill is a ritual of summer for millions each year, with juicy hamburgers and steaks prepared on the grill marking the transition to warmer weather. Nationwide, millions of consumers use propane or natural gas for barbecue grills.
Considering the sheer number of gas grills in use, the industry has an enviable safety record, but about 30 people are injured each year as a result of gas grill fires and explosions, according to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission. Fire damage to homes, apartments and other property resulting from these accidents runs into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
'Although gas grills are safe if used properly, there is always the potential for an accident or injury. That's why it is important for people to observe some basic precautions when using a gas grill,' said Jeff Ruffner, market manager of Agway Energy Products in Greensburg. Agway Energy Products provides a variety of energy fuels, including propane, which is widely used for grills.
Since many accidents occur when the grill is first used after being left idle for the winter or just after refilling and reattaching the propane gas tank, Ruffner recommended the following:
For more information, contact Agway Energy Products at 888-249-2924, or visit their Web site at www.agwayenergy.com .