Outdoor Grilling Safety

Barbecue – Propane & Natural Gas

  • Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year by applying a light soap and water solution to the hose. If there is a propane leak, it will release bubbles. If you do find a leak and there is no flame, do the following:
  1. Turn off the gas tank and grill.
  2. If the leak stops, have the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
  3. If it does not stop, call the fire department.
  • If you smell gas at any point while cooking, get away from the grill immediately and call the fire department.
  • Use only equipment with the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to set up the grill and maintain it.
  • Never store propane tanks in buildings or garages. If you store a gas grill inside during the winter, disconnect the cylinder and leave it outside.
  • Never use a barbecue indoors or in an enclosed area such as a tent; doing so can cause a fire hazard and a build-up of poisonous carbon monoxide gas.
  • Prevent cooking grease from dripping onto hoses or propane cylinder. Grease build-up is a fire hazard.
  • When finished barbecuing, make sure the barbecue is turned off and the burner flames are out. Turn off the valves or gas supply and close the barbecue lid.

Barbecue – Grills – Charcoal

  • If you use a ‘charcoal chimney’ to start charcoal for cooking, use a long match to avoid burning your fingers when lighting the paper.
  • If you use starter fluid, only use charcoal starter fluid and never add charcoal fluid when coals or kindling have already been ignited.
  • Never use gasoline or any other flammable liquid to get the fire going.
  • Keep charcoal fluid away from children and heat sources.