Gary Freeman, Townsquare Media

Summer is right around the corner and that means firing up the grill. Rest assured, that someone in County will end up burning themselves or someone else.

Here is your Summer BBQ Grill Survival Guide to having a safe summer while enjoying some wicked, killer BBQ.

  • Storage – Always store your propane BBQ grills outside and away from heat. You might want to cap it off with the safety plug on valve once you disconnect your tank from the unit.
  • Firing Up The Grill – Before you fire up the grill, ensure that all the connections are secured correctly. Leaky connections could result in a fire once you strike the match.
  • Shut It Off – When you are finished with the grill, make sure you shut the propane tank off. This will help your connections and regulators to last longer.
  • Test It – After a long winter and no grill activity, take a moment to test your unit out before firing it up. Look for leaks in the lines, wear and tear on parts of the equipment that should be replaced. Don’t use a match to test for leaks, much like an inner tube in your bike tire, soapy water is safer and will work just fine.
  • Read The Manual – If your BBQ grill unit is new, it should have come with operator instructions. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with your new unit as to be aware of some things you may not have thought about.

Seriously, we hope you enjoy the summer and most of all, have a safe time while you're enjoying outdoor activities and eating great food in Maine.