A recent grill fire on a 3rd floor apartment in Massachusetts is an important reminder to residents about proper storage of gas grills during the summer months. Many are unknowingly violating local laws and creating a hazardous condition. Keep your family and property safe this summer with these gas grill storage safety tips for Massachusetts residents.
Grill Storage Location
Gas grills should always be stored at least 10 feet away from your building/home. Never store your gas grill inside of your home or on covered porches, balconies, decks, or fire escapes. Should the tank malfunction or explode, fire could easily spread to your home. Additionally, when not in use, make sure the nozzle on gas propane tank is turned tightly in the off position.
If you own any extra storage tanks, the same safety precautions should be taken to storing those tanks. Also, avoid keeping them in direct sunlight or inside of vehicles. Pressurized tanks are sensitive to high heat.
Gas Grill Usage
The same principles apply to using your gas grills. Always grill outdoors and at a safe distance from any building, structures, trees, or other flammable materials. Massachusetts state fire code includes specific rules on the usage of gas grills on porches, decks, and patios. Basically, grills cannot be used on upper levels. They can be used firs floor decks, porches, and patios but only if the area is not covered and is at ground level (or if there is an exterior staircase to the ground). However, with this being said, it’s important to note that city fire codes are often more strict. Many communities universally prohibit the use of grills on any deck, porch, or patio.
More Gas Grill Storage Safety Tips
In addition to the above basic principles, here are a few other things that you should keep in mind:
- Never smoke near a propane gas tank.
- Keep tanks away from children, even when stored as children may inadvertently release gas from the nozzle.
- Don’t place tanks in driveways where they may accidentally be hit/bumped by cars.
- Always store tanks upright.
- Never store tanks near a heat source (such as a fire pit).
- Keep a fire extinguisher on hand, just in case!
As summer heats up, we want you to enjoy summer barbecues while keeping your family and home safe from fire hazards. Please keep these gas grill storage safety tips in mind. The staff at Eagle Trust Insurance wish you a happy and safe summer!