The New York Propane Association has come out with a few tips to make your summer weekend grilling a little safer. Here are a few things that they think you should be doing (or not doing) to keep your bbq safe. Always keep in mind three areas that you should be focused on which include proper ventilation, the right way to light the grill and general safety tips.

In regards to ventilation, keep the lid open when lighting your grilland then don't close it until you are sure the grill is lit.The NYPA recommends that you keep the grill at least ten feet away from the house, and at least three feet away from trees and shrubs.

When lighting the grill, keep in mind that you should never use matches or lighters to check for, and if you are a smoker, do not smoke while handling propane tanks. NYPA suggests that if your grill does not light within ten seconds, you should turn off the gas, keep the lid open and then wait another five minutes before trying again.

Lastly a few 'general safety tips.' Do not leave a hot grill unattended. If you smell gas, and you are able to do it safely, turn off the propane tank, using the valve at the top of the tank. Allow to cool before checking the tank. Still smell gas, then leave the area and call 911 or your local fire department.

These are just a few things to keep in mind courtesy of the New York Propane Association. For more information on safe propane grilling, check out their website,