• The Dos and Don’ts of Grilling with Propane

    If you are grilling with propane, there are a few steps to follow to ensure you and your family stay safe. In addition to equipment rentals, A-1 Rental Center fills propane tanks, so you’ll always be ready when backyard barbecuing calls. As you get ready to grill, keep these dos and don’ts in mind.

    Do Check for Propane Leaks Before Each Use

    Propane leaks can occur in your grill lines, so be sure to check them before each use. In some cases, you will know that there is a propane leak immediately, because you will notice the smell. In other instances, a leak can be present without an obvious odor. Experts recommend that you check for leaks by applying some soap and water to the gas line. If you see bubbles, there is a gas leak. Don’t use the grill if this happens. Instead, turn off the tank and the grill. If the leak persists, call the fire department.

    Don’t Smoke While Grilling

    Not only is smoking while you’re grilling generally unappealing to your guests, it is also extremely dangerous. You should also avoid smoking when you are handling the propane tank itself. Cigarettes, cigars, matches, and lighters all pose a danger when you’re working around propane, so keep them far away from your tank and grill.

    Do Use Your Grill in a Well Ventilated Area

    Never use a propane grill in an enclosed space, where smoke and gas could build up. This includes your garage, which does not offer enough ventilation, even when the doors are up. Use the grill outdoors on a flat, stable surface, and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and usage.

    Don’t run out of propane when you’re ready to cook dinner. Let A-1 Rental Center help you keep your propane tank full in Redwood City. We also offer a long list of equipment rentals, including tractors, dollies, and augers. Learn more by calling (650) 369-2992.

  • Preventing Injuries When Using a Chain Saw

    Chain saws are popular equipment rentals for a wide range of purposes, from gardening to construction. However, they are powerful tools that can cause injury if not used properly. If you are new to operating a chain saw and include one when you rent garden equipment or other tools, it’s important to take the time to learn about safe operation before you start using it. These steps will help you get the most out of your chain saw rental without injury.

    Wear the Appropriate Safety Gear

    As with many pieces of equipment, the right safety gear is the key to reducing the risk of injury when operating a chain saw. Wear logging boots and chain saw chaps, which protect your legs from the saw if you come close to them, a helmet, and safety goggles. Gloves that protect your hands are also important. Many people opt to wear ear protection as well when operating a chain saw to protect themselves from extended exposure to the loud motor.

    Inspect the Saw

    Before you start using the chain saw, inspect it for signs of damage. Don’t use the saw if you see leaking fuel or lubricants or if any of the pieces appear to be missing or loose. Make sure the air filter is clean and that the starter rope is not hanging loose. Test the chain brake to make sure it stops the chain quickly and smoothly. The saw should be equipped with an undamaged chain catcher and throttle interlock.

    Work Slowly

    Because of the force of a chain saw, it is easy to lose your balance. Stand with your left leg slightly forward and bend both of your knees to stay stable. As you use the saw, work closely and don’t force it. The saw will do the work without you putting any additional pressure on it, if you allow it to.

    A-1 Rental Center offers a variety of saws, including two sizes of chain saws, for all of your projects. Our equipment rentals come with competitive pricing and convenient rental terms, so you can get exactly what you need. Contact our equipment rental company in Redwood City at (650) 369-2992 for more information.