8 Steps for Hurricane Readiness

Preparing for a hurricane involves taking various steps to ensure your safety and well-being, including being ready to use a gas grill for cooking in case of power outages. Here’s a guide on hurricane readiness and using a gas grill:

  1. Safety Precautions:
  • Make sure your gas grill is in good working condition before the hurricane season starts.
  • Check for leaks by applying a soap and water solution to the gas connections. If you see bubbles forming, there is a leak. In this case, do not use the grill until the issue is fixed.
  • Keep the grill away from structures, combustible materials, and low-hanging branches.
  1. Gas Supply:
  • Ensure your propane tank is full before the hurricane season begins.
  • If you have an extra tank, consider having it filled as well.
  • Store propane tanks in a safe, upright position, away from direct sunlight and heat sources.
  1. Menu Planning:
  • Select recipes that are easy to prepare on a grill and require minimal prep.
  • Consider items that can be cooked quickly, as fuel may be limited.
  1. Food Storage:
  • Have a supply of non-perishable food items that don’t require cooking, in case grilling isn’t feasible.
  1. Power Outage Cooking:
  • Only use the gas grill outdoors in a well-ventilated area. Do not use it indoors or in a closed space due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Position the grill away from the wind to ensure efficient cooking.
  • Cook using indirect heat or a low flame setting to conserve fuel.
  • Use the grill’s lid to regulate heat and cook food evenly.
  1. Water and Fuel Storage:
  • Store water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning.
  • Keep a sufficient amount of fuel for your grill to last throughout the hurricane and its aftermath.
  1. Maintenance and Inspection:
  • Regularly inspect the grill for rust, deterioration, and damage. Repair or replace parts as needed.
  • Keep the grill clean to prevent grease buildup that could lead to flare-ups.
  1. Emergency Preparedness Kit:
  • Have a well-stocked emergency kit that includes basic supplies like a flashlight, batteries, first aid items, and necessary medications.

Contact us here at Wilmington Grill if we can be of any assistance as you prepare your grill for hurricane season.  For more information on hurricane readiness, check out this article from the Red Cross, and remember, safety is paramount during a hurricane. Always follow local authorities’ instructions and guidelines.