It's barbecue season again, and it's time to fire up the grill! However, before you do, it's important to keep in mind some safety tips that can help prevent accidents and ensure a safe and enjoyable barbecue experience.
Here are some tips from The Canadian Propane Association that can help you stay safe while using your propane BBQ. Download a copy of their safety tips sheet here.
Preparing Your BBQ for the Season
First, you should clean your BBQ to ensure the burner ports are free of rust, dirt, and debris. You can use a wire or pipe cleaner to do this. Second, inspect the hose leading from the tank to the burners and replace it if you see any signs of damage. Finally, test for leaks by applying a 50:50 solution of water and dish soap to the propane cylinder connections and hoses. If bubbles appear, tighten the connections or replace the part and retest. Never use matches or lighters to check for leaks. If you are concerned about a leak, consult a service technician.
Barbecues are approved for outdoor use only, as they emit carbon monoxide (CO), a colourless, odourless gas that is dangerous in enclosed spaces. Therefore, never barbecue in a garage, tent, or other enclosed space. Additionally, do not leave the BBQ unattended or allow grease to build up on the burners or at the base of the barbecue. Do not throw water on a grease fire as this will spread the flames, and do not use lighter fluid or accelerants on the grill. Finally, do not store or place spare cylinders near the barbecue or other sources of ignition, and do not store or use a BBQ on your apartment balcony unless authorized.
Keep children and pets away from the barbecue, and position your barbecue away from wooden fences or walls. Ensure that the area around your BBQ is free from combustible materials, and follow safe practices to turn on and turn off your barbecue.
Steps to Turn On or Turn Off Your Barbecue
To turn on your BBQ, open the lid and propane cylinder service valve, turn on the grill/burner valves or heat settings, and take a step back. Then, push the ignite button. If there is no ignite button, insert a long match or barbecue lighter through the side burner hole first, then turn on the heat control knob. If the burner doesn't ignite right away, turn the gas off and wait 5 minutes, keeping the lid open before repeating the process. To turn off your BBQ, turn the gas valve off first when finished, then turn off the burner controls so no gas gets left in the connector hose. Finally, allow the barbecue to cool completely before closing the lid or covering.
By following these safety tips, you can ensure the safe and enjoyable operation of your propane BBQ. For more information about residential propane service, give us a call at (888) 405-7777. Have a safe and enjoyable barbecue season!