Grilling Safely

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Grilling is great, but there are some inherent dangers. Be sure to give your barbecue a thorough examination at the start and end of each season.

BBQ Basics

  • Always read the manufacturer’s instructions before operating any gas or propane appliance.
  • Check the condition of the hoses. Look for any cracks or abrasions that might indicate it should be replaced.
  • Keep children and pets away from propane cylinders and grills at all times.
  • Only use portable gas equipment outdoors. Never use them in an enclosed space (including tents).
  • Do not leave a grill unattended while cooking; always turn off immediately after using and allow to cool completely.
  • Place your grill well away from your house, garage, deck railings, overhanging branches and other flammable materials.
  • Inspect portable gas equipment before using it for the first time each season. Have worn or rusted fittings, hoses or burners replaced.
  • Ensure the burner ports inside the grill are free of rust, dust, dirt or other debris.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or buildup.
  • Before you light it up, check the gas connections for leaks at the propane cylinder connection before lighting the grill by brushing a mixture of liquid soap and water onto any connection or valve. Rising bubbles indicate a leak.
  • Always open the lid of the grill before lighting to release any gas build up.
  • Be aware that propane smells like rotten eggs but carbon monoxide is odourless.

If you suspect a propane leak while grilling:

  • Turn off the gas cylinder and the grill and have it serviced.
  • If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.

Transporting, storing and handling propane cylinders

  • Transport cylinders in a secured, upright position with the valve closed and outlet capped or plugged.
  • Propane cylinders must be inspected and recertified every 10 years, or they cannot be refilled.
  • Do not use or transport cylinders that show signs of corrosion, fire damage or appear to be leaking.
  • Never use, store or transport your cylinder where it could be exposed to high temperatures.

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