Many of us love to barbecue all year-round especially when the weather begins to warm. Here are some tips to keep you safe when using your barbecue. Barbecues come in all shapes and sizes therefore it is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions which will tell you how to use, clean and maintain your barbecue.
When setting the barbecue, make sure it is outside and in a well-ventilated area. It must be far away from combustible materials, windows and doors and on an even surface to reduce the risk of tipping over. If your barbecue has been sitting for a long period (over winter), it will need to be checked before use:
After barbecuing, be sure to follow these simple steps:
Things to know about barbecue fuel
Propane and natural gas are both odourless. For safety reasons, a "rotten egg" smell is added before the gas is sold. Propane is heavier than air while natural gas is lighter. If there is a leak from a barbecue, propane will remain either in the lower cabinet or other low-lying areas while natural gas will always rise and dissapate. If the rotten egg smell is gone in both cases, the gas has likely dissipated.
Barbecues may produce carbon monoxide when used. Carbon monoxide is a harmful gas that has no colour, smell or taste. It can cause serious health problems or death if inhaled. It is essential to use your barbecue outdoors, in a well-ventilated area.