Fire and carbon monoxide poisoning can be caused by the improper use of fuel-powered/heating appliances. Keep you and your family safe by:
- BBQs, including gas, propane or charcoal, should only be used outside, away from all doors, windows, vents and other building openings.
- Never use BBQs inside garages, even if the garage doors are open. If used in an enclosed space (garage, house, shed), carbon monoxide (CO) – an odourless, colourless, poisonous gas – will gather and reach dangerous exposure levels, which can lead to serious health effects or even death.
- Propane cylinders may not be used or stored inside any structure.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
At the start of the BBQ season
Do this three-step safety check of your BBQ:
1. Clean – Use a pipe cleaner or wire to ensure burner ports are free of rust, dirt, spider webs or other debris.
2. Check – Examine the hose leading from the tank to the burners. Replace it if cracked or damaged.
3. Test – Find leaks by applying a 50/50 solution of water and dish soap to propane cylinder connections and hoses. If bubbles appear, tighten the connection and/or replace the damaged parts and retest.
Portable heater safety
- Ensure all portable fuel-burning heaters are vented properly, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Ensure all portable fuel-fired heaters are equipped with a safety tip-over shut-off feature and bear the mark of an accredited testing agency.
- Keep portable heaters at least one metre (three feet) away from anything that can burn, including curtains, wall coverings, upholstery, clothing and people.
- Keep all doorways and halls clear. In case of fire, a heater should not be blocking your escape.
- Place heaters in areas where they will not get bumped or knocked over.
- Prevent burns by keeping children away from portable heaters which can reach extremely high surface temperatures.
- Install a carbon monoxide alarm outside of all sleeping areas to alert you to the presence of deadly carbon monoxide gas.
- Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, as well as confusion, drowsiness, loss of consciousness and death.
- If your CO alarm sounds, get everyone out of the home immediately. Then call 9-1-1 from outside the building.
- Install working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas to alert you to a fire in your home.
- Test your smoke and CO alarms monthly by pressing the test button to ensure they work.
- Develop and practise a home fire escape plan with your family.