Barbeque Safety

While a barbecue with friends, neighbours and family is one of the great pleasures of summer, it's important to make sure you’re keeping safety in mind.

Did you know that each year North Shore fire departments respond to approximately 20 barbecue-related incidents, including fires and personal injuries? Grill safely by taking a few minutes before you barbecue to follow some important safety tips.

Whether you live in a house or an apartment, make sure your barbecue is in a well-ventilated location and it kept away from your home's siding, balcony, fence and surrounding vegetation. Most propane barbecues have a label on the back indicating the minimum clearance distance required for safe operation.

  • Always light a propane gas barbecue with the lid open
  • Never leave a lit barbecue unattended
  • Keep a fire extinguisher within reach
  • Never leave children or pets unsupervised near a barbecue
  • Use long-handled tongs while grilling to ensure adequate distance between you and the grill
  • Do not mix wood, charcoal briquettes, barbecue starter fluid or gasoline with your propane or natural gas barbecue
  • Remember that propane must be stored outside in a locked security cage
  • Clean your barbecue regularly, not only to ensure it's in good working condition, but also to keep it from attracting bears and other wildlife
  • Propane and charcoal barbecue grills should only be used outdoors
  • In case of fire call 9-1-1 and evacuate to a predetermined family meeting place
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