Safety Tips for Using Gas GrillsPosted On July 20, 2016
This is the time of year for picnics and outdoor parties. There are always some hazards in operating a gas barbecue but if you follow these safety tips you’ll greatly reduce your risks. The summer is a time to enjoy but also a time to take care.
- Use only CSA approved barbecues, tested for safety.
- It is unsafe and unlawful to place barbecues within 3 feet of a combustible wall. Barbecues are often placed dangerously close to wooden cottage walls.
- Lift the lid before you light. People suffer facial injuries from lids blown upwards by trapped gas. Light the barbecue the moment the gas flow is on, otherwise your risk being burned by exploding gas.
- Never cook indoors on your barbecue. Even in poorly ventilated outdoor locations, there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Store barbecues outdoors. Leaks from the tank pose a potential fire hazard.
- Tanks should be replaced every 10 years. Check hoses periodically and replace if they are cracked.
- Test the connection after reconnecting the tank by coating it with a few drops of dish-washing liquid mixed water. If bubbles appear, there is a leak.
- Never refill a tank that is corroded, leaking or shows signs of damage. Ask your propane distributor to inspect it for signs of wear before refilling.
- Do not use metal tools to tighten connections as they could produce sparks.
- Turn off the main valve as well as heat control valves when finished cooking.