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Propane Industry Asks American Consumers to Grill Safely This Summer

National Survey Finds Grill Owners Follow Some, But Not
All Basic Safe Grilling Tips

Washington, D.C. (May, 2005) — The summer grilling season is beginning to get underway. To help grillers across the country enjoy the summer as safely as possible, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) today has released its top ten safe grilling tips. According to a recent survey, commissioned by PERC, 84 percent of gas grill owners say it is important to follow basic safe grilling tips, yet only one in three say they know enough about them.

“Interest in grilling is skyrocketing,” said Steven Raichlen, well-known grilling expert, host of Barbecue University on PBS and author of the Barbecue Bible. “Americans love the bold flavors, ease, speed, and entertainment aspects of grilling, all of which continue to drive sales of outdoor grills. Given the large numbers of grillers in this country, it is imperative that safe grilling tips are made available and, more importantly, followed.”

“Many people will fire up their propane grills for the first time this Memorial Day,” continued Raichlen. “This is the perfect opportunity to get into the habit of performing certain safety procedures. This way, every barbecue or cookout this summer can be fun and safe.”

According to PERC, the most important tips for grilling safely with propane are:

  1. When the cylinder is refilled, have the supplier check for dents, damage, rust or leaks.
  2. After filling or exchanging, take the cylinder home immediately. Keep the vehicle ventilated and the cylinder valve closed and capped.
  3. Always use or store cylinders outdoors in an upright (vertical) position. Do not use, store, or transport cylinders near high temperatures (this includes storing spare cylinders near the grill).
  4. Never leave the grill unattended. Always follow grill manufacturer’s instructions on lighting the grill and make sure the grill top is open.
  5. Before connecting or lighting a propane gas grill, use a leak-detection solution to check connections for tightness. Do not use matches or lighters to check for leaks.
  6. If you suspect a gas leak, and are able to safely turn off the gas supply valve, do so immediately and call the fire department.
  7. Do not allow children to tamper or play with the cylinder or grill.
  8. Do not smoke while handling a propane cylinder.
  9. Never pour an accelerant such as lighter fluid or gasoline on the grill.
  10. When not in use, grill burner controls should be turned off and cylinder valve closed.
The following are statistics released today from a national survey commissioned by PERC in March of 2005.
  • Three in five adults (59 percent) say barbecuing with family and friends is their favorite way to spend the Memorial Day holiday, followed by relaxing at home (36 percent).
  • Parents are even more likely to want to spend Memorial Day barbecuing with family and friends, with 72 percent of parents selecting this as their favorite way to spend the holiday.
  • While 84 percent of gas grill owners say it is very important to follow basic safe grilling tips, only one in three (35 percent) say they know “a great deal” about such tips.
  • A barbecue or cookout also tops the list of the types of events American adults most want to be invited to this summer, with a picnic a distant second place (64 percent vs. 25 percent respectively).
  • Almost two-thirds of parents (63 percent) say that barbecuing or grilling outdoors is the most fun way for their family to eat dinner together during the summer months. Less than half (28 percent) as many say the same about sitting down for a home-cooked meal.
  • Grilling has become a staple of American culture. According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, more than 80 percent of U.S. families now own a barbecue grill. Of those, nearly 65 percent own propane grills. In addition, the average American home has more than one grill, so the importance of following safe grilling tips is even more critical.
“Because most grilling in the United States is done on propane grills, these tips are especially relevant for the American consumer,” said Walter Cressman, chairman of the Propane Education & Research Council’s Consumer Safety Education Subcommittee. “Following these safety tips is a simple way to ensure an enjoyable grilling experience this Memorial Day, as well as the entire summer.”

For additional information about safe grilling tips, propane grills or other propane appliances, please visit www.usepropane.com.

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