You Grill Girl: Survey Shows Today’s Women Are More Likely to Grill Than Their Moms

Yet one-third of women report not knowing enough about safe grilling practices; propane industry provides tips to help consumers protect themselves while grilling


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Washington, DC (April 27, 2007) – With 34 million women using the grill a “couple of times a week” during the grilling season – and another 3.4 million cooking on it every day – this outdoor appliance can no longer be considered a male domain.  These estimates, based on the results of a new survey from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), support the finding that more women than ever are involved in the grilling process – from purchase to cooking to cleaning.  Compared to when they were growing up, women today are much more likely to be the primary griller in their household (37 percent) than were their mothers (23 percent). 

 Nearly 40 percent of women say they are grilling more often today than in the past few years and 37 percent – nearly 21 million women – report doing more grill cooking than their significant other.  During the grilling season, women beat men to the grill in their cooking frequency, saying that they tend to use it for meals at least a couple times a week (66 percent vs. 57 percent).

 The survey explored reasons why Americans enjoy grilling, with a focus on convenience, food quality and time savings.  Better taste topped the list (54 percent), followed by less kitchen clean-up (42 percent) and keeping the kitchen cooler (38 percent).  Other reasons for cooking outdoors included ease of use (36 percent), time savings (29 percent), and healthier food (28 percent).  Women placed far more emphasis than men, though, on keeping the kitchen cooler (48 vs. 28 percent) and the healthy qualities of grilled food (34 vs. 22 percent).

  “Fast, easy, fresh – those three words capture the allure of the grill for busy American women,” said Kate Caskin, Senior Vice President, PERC.  “With its relative ease and simplicity, it’s no wonder that almost 21 million women are now more likely to grill than their significant others.  The propane gas grill offers the perfect dinner solution for on-the-go families.”

 More than 15 million new grills were shipped in 2005, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association. PERC’s research uncovered that women report being the primary decision maker in 22 percent of these product purchases.  This level of involvement and product familiarity extends to other grilling-related activities: 71 percent of the women surveyed agreed that they feel comfortable buying, exchanging or getting a propane tank refilled and 52 percent feel confident hooking up the propane tank to their gas grill.  Further, almost 75 percent disagreed with the statement that they felt intimidated by using an outdoor gas grill.

 “At the same time that we are seeing a surge in female grillers, 11 percent – more than 6 million women – report that they knew nothing at all about safe grilling practices,” Caskin said.  “Keeping a few simple safety tips in mind can only add to the overall grilling experience and help make grilling an enjoyable, everyday cooking method.”

 Nearly one-third (31 percent) of the surveyed women indicated that they did not know enough about safe use of their grill; 44 percent felt that their significant other would do a better job at following safe grilling practices.  To help the 56.6 million American women who own propane gas grills enjoy safe year-round grilling, PERC offers its top safe grilling tips: 

Correct Grill Use

  1. When lighting a grill, keep the top open.
  2. Before connecting the cylinder to a propane gas grill burner for the first time, use a leak-detection solution (a 50/50 mixture of water and liquid soap) to check connections for tightness.
  3. Do not use matches or lighters to check for leaks.
  4. Do not allow children to tamper with the cylinder or grill.
  5. Do not smoke while handling a propane cylinder.
  6. When a grill is not in use, cover disconnected hose-end fittings with plastic bags or protective caps to keep clean.
  7. Always follow grill manufacturer’s instructions and keep written materials accessible.
  8. Never pour an accelerant such as lighter fluid or gasoline on the grill.
  9. When finished grilling, turn off the burner controls and close the cylinder valve.

Proper Cylinder Handling

  1. When the cylinder is refilled, have the supplier check for dents, damage, rust, or leaks.
  2. After filling or exchanging a cylinder, take it home immediately. Keep the vehicle ventilated and the cylinder valve losed and capped.
  3. Always use or store cylinders outdoors in an upright (vertical) position.
  4. Do not use, store, or transport cylinders near high temperatures (this includes storing spare cylinders near the grill).

The survey, which asked outdoor gas grill owners a variety of questions about their grilling habits as well as their attitudes towards grilling practices, was conducted for PERC using Opinion Research Corporation’s CARAVAN National Omnibus.  Telephone interviews were conducted from January 11-14, 2007, with a nationally representative sample of 409 adults who currently own an outdoor gas grill.  The margin of error is +/- 4.9 percent.

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