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Outdoor Gas Grill Safety

  • Read and follow the manufacturer’s safety guidelines before operating a gas grill.
  • When the grilling season begins, inspect your gas grill prior to using it. Make sure all the fittings are tight, drip pans are clean, and there are no insect nests in the burners.
  • Check connections by rubbing soapy water over them. If you see any bubbling, tighten the fittings.
  • When lighting the grill, make sure the burner controls are not set to maximum levels. Never try to light the grill with the lid closed.
  • Keep your face and hair away from the grill when lighting burners.
  • If the grill fails to light, keep the lid open for at least five minutes to allow residual gas to disperse before attempting to relight.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of fire.
  • Make sure children are kept a safe distance away from the grill.
  • Be sure to operate the grill at a safe distance away from the home and any other combustible materials.  The high amount of heat generated has the potential for melting vinyl siding.
  • Clean grill surfaces before you start cooking.
  • Turn the valves off when you’re finished cooking.
  • If your grill is not working properly, arrangements can be made to schedule a repair service for a fee by contacting PSE&G WorryFree or your local plumber.  PSE&G WorryFree Appliance Repair Service can be contacted by calling 1-800-350-7734.
  • If you smell a gas odor outside, please call 1-800-436-7734 (PSEG), and remain outside until PSE&G arrives.
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