We say we know all this stuff – take five to check it out anyway. Make your BBQ a safe place.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON. May 2, 2013.  BBQ time.  Fill the tank and look for deals on burgers and buns.

If you haven’t used your barbecue in a while, now is a good time for a quick safety check. Of course you know all this stuff – but the teenager doesn’t – so get him or her to read this stuff over – then give them a quick quiz; let them know whose boss.

At this point you have cleared the area and called 911.

Test for leaks: Check gas tank hose on propane and natural gas barbecues for leaks.  Use a 50/50 mix of soap and water on the hose. If you see bubbles, tighten the connections and check again

Check for spiders: Spider webs and insect nests can clog tubes and cause a fire

Transporting propane cylinder: Ensure all valves are closed and plugs or caps are in place. Transport the fuel cylinder in an upright position and secure it in vehicle.

 Keep it outside:  Keep at least one metre away from the house or cottage.  Never store propane tanks in the house or in an attached garage. This includes tanks that are attached to a barbecue

Barbecues on apartment balconies: Propane or charcoal barbecues should not be used on apartment balconies.  Fire that starts on the balcony can rapidly spread into an apartment and is often difficult for firefighters to reach.  Most leases, agreements or condominium rules prohibit the use of barbecues on apartment balconies.

Safe use of your barbecue: Always open the lid to the barbecue prior to lighting; Always fully open the tank valve during use and fully close it when you’re  finished; Always barbecue outdoors in a well-ventilated area and never in a garage or shed

If a fire starts:  If the fire is near the tank shut-off, do not try to put out the fire. Get everyone away from the area and call 911. Only close the tank valve if it can be done safely.  If you are unsure, call 911.

 Pretty sure we have seen the last of the snow – Great grillin!

Return to the Front page
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Comments are closed.