Having a good BBQ is one of the greatest pleasures of the summer! But there are several barbecue safety measures that you should not forget!
Each year in Quebec, dozens of people suffer serious injuries and burns due to incidents related to the BBQ, which could have been avoided. So, it’s always good to have a little reminder of the precautions to take with our BBQ .
Yes, in very rare cases, propane can explode. Here’s how to minimize the risk:
- Never keep cylinders indoors, even when you think they are empty. In addition, they should never be too close to the grill or other heat source, such as a patio heater.
- When you have finished cooking on the BBQ, you must turn off the gas each time.
- Never fill a rusty or damaged cylinder. In Canada, the cylinders must be changed, or re-qualified, after 10 years.
- The greatest caution should be exercised when handling and transporting the cylinders, for example on the way back to the car when it is full. The canisters should not be left free in the trunk, but ideally on the floor of a rear seat, with the valve up and the windows open.
- How do I know if there is a leak? Fill a spray bottle with water with a little dish soap . Spray on the connections while the gas is on. If there are bubbles, be careful, there is a gas leak!
- If, at any time, you smell gas, turn off everything and move away from the BBQ.