5 tips for a safe barbecue season
As soon as you notice the temperature rising a few degrees and the sun warming up, not to mention the wonderful smells wafting over from your neighbour’s grill, you’ll be wanting to bring out your inner chef. You’ll be eager to put those barbecuing skills to good use, but don’t overlook your safety and that of your family. Here are a few simple tips to ensure a safe culinary experience!
- Regularly check over your barbecue:
- make sure the gas or propane feed is closed;
- clean the elements and make sure they’re still in good shape (if you notice any obstructions, clean or replace them); and
- wipe soapy water over the hoses and connections and check for bubbling once you open the gas or propane feed, keeping the burner switches off, of course. If you notice bubbling, have the part repaired by a professional.
- Regularly clean your grill and empty the grease container under the BBQ to avoid any build-up.
Use a barbecue brush with non-metal bristles to ensure they don’t fall off and stick to your food, and accidentally get swallowed, causing internal injuries. Your accessories must also have long enough handles so you don’t burn yourself.
- Set up your barbecue well away from any combustibles (tree, house, balcony, play area, umbrella, etc.).
Also, consider that siding on houses can be easily damaged or catch fire. Check your municipal by-laws for distance requirements.
- Check your propane tank for corrosion or leaks.
Before putting it into a vehicle, make sure the valve is completely shut. Always store it upright and steady in a well-ventilated space.
- Always shut your propane or natural gas valve whenever you finish using your barbecue!
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe operation, and never leave your barbecue on unattended.
Are you thinking of buying a barbecue shortly? Gazifère offers a $150 cash incentive with the purchase and installation of your first natural gas BBQ. Now you’re ready to start the barbecue season safely! Bon appétit!