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Grilled food can really hit the spot on nice Arizona days. Before you use your BBQ, make sure that you keep these grilling safety tips in mind. This helps ensure that you and your family can enjoy grilled dinners without any trouble.
Store Propane Tanks Properly
Grilling safety involves storing propane tanks properly. Tanks for gas grills can easily become a hazard. Store these tanks in a vertical and upright position. Also make sure they are kept far away from any heat or ignition sources, such as lighters or matches. If you have a gas line for your grill, you don’t have to deal with propane tanks at all.
Turn the Grill on Safely
Another important grilling safety tip is to make sure that you turn the grill on correctly. This involves opening the lid and turning the propane on. After this is done, turn the knobs for the burners, then push the ignition. Doing this the right way lowers the risk of fires and other accidents.
Never Use Lighter Fluid
Never use lighter fluid to ignite a gas grill. Lighter fluid is a major fire hazard when it isn’t used properly. You will avoid having to worry about this if you have a gas grill with its own natural gas line installed.
Check for Leaks
Gas leaks can occur when you use propane tanks for your grill. You should check for leaks by putting a solution of water and light soap on the gas tank hose. If you see bubbles, this means you have a gas leak that needs to be fixed by a professional right away. Grills with a gas line have a lower risk of ending up with these leaks.
Don’t Reignite Right Away
If your grill doesn’t ignite, don’t light it again right away. You could have gas in the air that needs time to clear out. Lighting it again immediately could result in a fire and serious injuries. Wait for 5 minutes before you try to ignite your gas grill again.
Keep Your Grill Clean
Grilling safety includes making sure that your gas grill stays in good condition. Grease and other debris can build up over time, which can increase the risk of a fire. Clean debris off your grill and from the tray under it. You should wait for your grill to cool before cleaning it. Getting into the habit of doing this after using your grill each time means you won’t have to scrape a lot of debris off later on.
Turn Your Grill Off Properly
When it comes to grilling safety, it’s important to ensure that you turn your grill off the right way. This reduces the risk of injuries and accidents. You’ll need to turn the gas tank off before shutting off the gas burners. Make sure that your propane cylinder valve is fully closed to prevent gas from leaking. With a gas line grill, all you have to do is shut it off without having to deal with any tanks.
If you’re ready to install a gas line for your grilling area, contact Forrest Anderson. We can ensure that this is done properly for your safety.
Whether you’re moving into a new home or it’s just time to upgrade your old washing machine, you have some things to consider before you buy.
Naturally, you’re going to look at price, but there is also the size, where the washer resides in your home, how much you need to wash, who is doing the laundry, what features interest you, and the cost to run it.
It’s a lot to take in, so let’s explore these topics further.
- Pull Out the Tape Measure
Washers come in all shapes and sizes these days, and you may have a large laundry room or just a small corner in which to fit your washer.
Before you start looking pull out your tape measure and measure the space where you’ll be putting your washer to see what size will work best.
Keep in mind, you also have to get the washer through doors and up or down stairs as well!
There’s nothing worse than buying something you can’t fit in your house. In addition, check the inside depth of the bin to see if you can reach the bottom easily to get those pesky socks that are always trying to make a break for it.
- Consider Where You’re Placing the Washer
In Arizona, common areas for a laundry room are the main floor close to the garage or upstairs. Both of theses locations have their pros and cons.
A washer that vibrates could be really annoying if it’s housed on the second floor. Or if the laundry room is by the garage, then maybe a pretty, colorful washer will make more of a fashion statement than plain-old white one.
- Count Your Weekly Loads
Look at how much washing you’re likely to do when choosing your washer. The burden on a washer is much higher for a family of six than for a single person.
What types of things do you wash on a regular basis? Do you have a lot of comforters and blankets you want to wash at home? The bigger the items the more capacity you’ll need.
Washers can range from 2.45 to 5.6 cubic feet, and that’s a big difference. If you want a washer that can handle all types of loads go for the larger one with a quick cycle option which is perfect for smaller loads.
- Think of Who’s Doing Laundry in Your Home
If you have children, you’re probably going to get them started helping with laundry. Children tend to be a little smaller than adults, so you’ll want them to be able to reach everything easily.
Some washers come with pedestals for easier access, and many have programmable features so children can just push a button to get things working correctly.
Bells and whistles can be a huge benefit when you’re teaching another (little) person to run the machine!
- Fight Stains and Save Your Clothes
According to tests run by Good Housekeeping, a front load washing machine clean better than top-loading machines.
You can also get a washer with a special pre-treatment soaking option that is helpful when fighting stains, as is the steam setting found on some models.
And while you’re pushing to get your clothes extra clean, you don’t want to ruin them. The agitator in many machines can tangle up clothes, rip them when they get stuck, and shrink your clothes.
- Save Water and Slash Electricity Costs
Front-loading washers use significantly less water than do top loaders. Look for Energy Star models. They can cut electricity use 20% and water use by 35%. This can save you about $1,400 in ten years and use 110,000 fewer gallons during that time.
Bonus: Get Your Washer Professionally Installed!
Once you’ve chosen the perfect washer for your home and family, the next step is to install it! While this may seem like a simple task, it’s best left to the professionals.
Before you purchase your washer call in a professional plumber for information on which models are top rated and which will fit best in your laundry room.
The plumbers at Forrest Anderson are ready to help! Give us a call! Once you’ve made your purchase We’ll provide feedback on your washer choice and properly install it into your home.
Remember that a poorly installed washer can vibrate, which puts undue wear and tear on the machine. You’ve just made a substantial investment. Don’t leave it to chance!