As warmer weather hits, the smell of food on the grill fills the air. However, thousands of home fires each year involve grills, so it’s important to brush up on barbecue safety.
Consider the following grilling safety tips:
- Grill outside only. Do not use your grill in a garage or other enclosed space, even if it’s ventilated.
- Choose a safe location. Keep your grill on a flat surface at least 3 metres away from your house, garage or other structures. Look above for overhanging tree branches, too.
- Check for leaks. Make it a habit to check the gas tank hose before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. If you see bubbles form, you have a propane leak.
- Open the gas grill lid before lighting it. If the lid is closed, gas could build up inside the grill.
- Never leave your grill unattended. Fires can double in size every minute.
- Keep children and pets at least 1 metre away from where food is being prepared or carried. Reinforce to young children that the grill’s surface is hot.
- Wear the right clothing. Be sure your sleeves or apron strings don’t dangle over the fire. The same goes if you have long hair.
- Clean the grill regularly. Keep it clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grill and in the trays below the grill.
Your propane tanks also require proper care and maintenance. These tanks have a maximum life span of 10 years and then need to be replaced. When transporting your propane tank, make sure that it stays in an upright position with the safety valve on the top. Transport it securely on the floor of your car and keep the windows open.
Never leave a propane cylinder in a parked car with the windows up.
These safety tips will help to ensure that you have a tasty and relaxing summer barbecuing experience! Enjoy!