Crystal DeStefano has been talking with news show hosts and reporters at outlets across New York State through a public relations campaign promoting the importance of gas grill safety, including sharing best practices, fun facts, resources for adults and kids alike, and even some of her own tips!
On behalf of the Association, DeStefano says: “Amenities like gas grills, portable fire pits, and patio heaters make outdoor spaces comfortable and desirable places to gather… but it’s important that they are used properly.” Following the easy steps that DeStefano provides in her interviews can not only ensure a safe and enjoyable barbecue, but it can also protect family and property from injuries and damage.
Some key tips include:
- Propane Cylinders – Always use and store propane cylinders outdoors in an upright position. After filling or exchanging a cylinder, take it home immediately. While transporting the cylinder, keep your vehicle ventilated and the valve closed or capped. Do not leave the cylinder in your vehicle.
- Ventilation – Always keep the lid open when lighting your grill. Don’t close it until you are sure the grill is lit. And keep the grill in a well-ventilated outdoor area, at least ten feet away from the house and at least three feet away from trees and shrubs.
- Bubble Test! – Check for any leaks in the hose that connects your propane cylinder to the grill by combining dish soap with water in a 50/50 mix, and dabbing the mixture along the hose before turning on the propane. As your turn on the propane (turning valve counterclockwise), any leaks will immediately cause the mixture to bubble – alerting you to the problem.
- Firing Up the Grill – If the grill does not ignite within ten seconds, turn off the gas, keep the lid open and wait five minutes before trying again. If the igniter fails to light the grill after two or three tries, turn off the gas and replace the igniter according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- No Play Zone – The grilling area should be designated as a “No Play Zone,” keeping kids and pets away from the equipment. To help kids learn about gas grill safety, the fun interactive website www.propanekids.com.
DeStefano serves as the official spokesperson for the New York Propane Gas Association.