The Propane Education & Research Council promotes the safe, efficient use of odorized propane gas as a preferred energy resource through research and development, training, and safety programs. It was authorized by the U.S. Congress with the passage of the Propane Education and Research Act (PERA) in 1996.

With people across America firing up their propane grills, summer is the best time to remind everyone about safe grilling. Watch these important safety tips from Food Network personality Sunny Anderson. Then, submit your best grilling recipe for a chance to see your dish featured in Sunny’s new Grilling for Heroes digital cookbook.

Propane Grilling for Heroes

Now through Veterans Day, submit a propane-grilling recipe for your best side dish, entrée or dessert. The top recipes will be featured in Sunny’s new Grilling for Heroes digital cookbook, which will be available for download next year. One hundred percent of proceeds from Grilling for Heroes will benefit Hope For The Warriors – a charity for wounded veterans. The top recipe, as chosen by Sunny, will also win a trip for two to Washington D.C., for Memorial Day 2015.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Whether it’s assembly, use, maintenance, cleaning, or storage, make your grill manufacturer’s instructions your go-to resource for safe grilling.

Position the grill in a safe location.

Keep your grill outdoors and at least five feet from the house on a level surface that is clear of outdoor furniture, overhead trees, or other potential fire hazards.

Check for leaks.

Use a soapy water solution to check connections for leaks. Expanding bubbles indicate a leak. Follow this procedure every time you replace a cylinder.


Follow the manufacturer’s lighting instructions, and with all grill models, keep the lid open and don’t lean over the grill when lighting it.

Follow proper relighting procedures.

If your flame goes out, turn off the gas and refer to your owner’s manual. At a minimum, with all grill models, keep the lid open and wait at least 15 minutes before relighting.

Be present.

Stay close and never leave your grill unattended.

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