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:
- Clean – Use a pipe cleaner or wire to ensure burner ports are free of rust, dirt, spider webs or other debris.
- Check – Examine the hose leading from the tank to the burners. Replace it if cracked or damaged.
- 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.