Fire Safety tips for the BBQ season

April 4, 2022 -  Defence Stories

Every year, Canadians spend quality time with family and friends enjoying the taste of BBQ cooking! However, few take the time to follow simple fire safety tips that can help you and your family enjoy a safe BBQ season.

General Tips:

Only use BBQs outdoors… The risk of fire or asphyxiation could result if used indoors or any enclosed spaces, such as tents or garages.

Propane/Natural gas BBQ:

All propane cylinders manufactured must have an overfill protection device (OPD). OPDs shut off the flow of propane before capacity is reached, limiting the potential for release of propane gas if the cylinder heats up. OPD’s are easily identified by their triangular- shaped hand wheel.

If your BBQ has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.

If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.

If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 5 minutes before re-lighting it.

Charcoal or woodchips BBQ:

The Office of the Canadian Forces Fire Marshal wishes you a happy and safe BBQ season.

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