Great weath­er often cre­ates an urge to spark up the bar­beque! Before you do that, it is a good time to review safe prac­tices!

If you are buy­ing a new bar­beque choose care­ful­ly and insure it has a CSA, ITS or ULC label. Read and fol­low the oper­a­tor instruc­tions, and if nec­es­sary have it ser­viced and assem­bled by a trained pro­fes­sion­al.

If you are con­nect­ing to the nat­ur­al gas source from your home, make sure the fit­ting was installed by a cer­ti­fied gas fit­ter, gas con­nec­tions are not a Do It Your­self project. Make sure the bar­beque is designed for nat­ur­al gas rather than propane.  When you con­nect the hose to the fit­ting have a 50/50 soap and water solu­tion ready to check for leaks. Brush it onto the joints, if you see bub­bles form­ing you have a leak. Nev­er light a bar­beque until all hose con­nec­tions are tight and leaks sealed.

When using a propane bar­beque, note that portable propane tanks have a 10 year expiry date.  Check the age of your tank, if it’s over 10 years it will have to be recer­ti­fied to be filled.   Propane tanks should be trans­port­ed in the upright posi­tion. They should be stored out­doors in a dry place, away from extreme heat sources, on a non flam­ma­ble prod­uct i.e. con­crete, and nev­er under­neath the work­ing bar­beque.

Check the con­di­tion of your bar­beque before light­ing. Remove debris and inspect the burn­er. If it is cor­rod­ed, replace it before you light the bar­beque.  The bar­beque should be a min­i­mum of 1 meter (3 feet) away from build­ings, away from wind and flam­ma­ble mate­ri­als. Nev­er use a bar­beque indoors, doing so caus­es a build-up of poi­so­nous car­bon monox­ide gas. Check the flex­i­ble hose. If you find cracks or dam­age replace the hose before using the bar­beque.  Clean the tubes under­neath the burn­er – insects and debris can accu­mu­late inside these tubes.  If your bar­beque con­nec­tion area has an “o” ring, check it every time you con­nect the cylin­der. Replace miss­ing, deformed, cracked or dam­aged “o” rings.

To pre­vent the build-up of gas when you are light­ing the bar­beque, have your ignit­er (match or elec­tron­ic spark­er) ready to go before you turn on the gas. Light the burn­er imme­di­ate­ly after turn­ing on the gas.  If for some rea­son you are delayed, turn off the gas and wait a few min­utes for the gas buildup to dis­si­pate.  Nev­er have your face or skin near the burn­er when light­ing. Keep chil­dren well back from bar­be­ques at all times, espe­cial­ly when light­ing.

When you are fin­ished cook­ing turn of the burn­ers and shut off the gas sup­ply. A cov­er will pre­vent cor­ro­sion.

Have a Hap­py and Safe bar­be­quing sea­son!

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.