Backyard barbecuing is one of Toronto’s many rites as we approach and enjoy the summer season. Summertime is spent in the sunny weather athome, while camping and at the cottage, and grilling food is a pleasurable part of that summer experience.
Before you step out on your back patio or your cottage deck to begin, there are a few steps you must take to ensure that your propane or natural gas BBQ is in safe,good working order.
BBQ safety tips:
- Carefully clean out any dirt particles, dust, and cobwebs that may have built up over the winter including the burner and burner tubes, lava rocks and grates.
- Clean your burner ports to ensure they are free of dirt and rust.
- Make sure that the gas/propane hose is in good condition, and free of cracks.
- Check that all connections are tight and that there are no leaks.
- Rusty, damaged propane tanks should be replaced by 10years of age or less.
- Call a certified fuel appliance repair personif you do not feel comfortable completing safety checks yourself.
- Keep children and pets far away from a hot grill, and never leave them unsupervised in the area.
- Never use wood, charcoal briquettes, BBQ starter fluid or gasoline in your propane or natural gas BBQ.
- BBQ in an open outdoor space for ventilation and safety reasons. Keep them at least 3 metres from windows and doors.
- Keep BBQs away from wooden fences, wooden walls, combustible overhead roofs, and from trees with low branches.
- Don’t allow an accumulation of grease to occur by keeping your grill and burners clean.9
- Never fight a grease fire with water – this will only cause the flames to flare up.
- Wear oven mitts and a heavy apron to protect yourself from fire while grilling. Keep loose clothing away and roll up your sleeves (or cook in a short sleeved shirt.
- If you do burn yourself, run the affected area under cool water for five minutes. If your burn is serious (charring, blistering) seek medical attention right away.