Propane Barbecue Safety

Summer in Canada has been about ďThe BarbecueĒ, but it is also becoming more of a year-round activity. Whether with family or friends, it is a time to get together and enjoy what cooking outdoors can provide.

However, there are some common sense DOs and DONíTs with regards to barbecue preparation and maintenance that will ensure your outdoor get-togethers are safe.


  • Do complete an annual safety check, cleaning and maintenance at one time during the year. Ensure the tubes are clear and in good repair. Insects often build nests in the tubes that can cause serious blockages. If the fittings, flex hose or burners are worn or rusted, be sure to replace them.
  • Do check the cylinder connections for leaks before lighting your barbecue for the first time each season or any time you have replaced the tank. A leak-detection solution of equal parts liquid soap and water is a handy way to check all connections for tightness.
  • Do use your grill only outdoors in a well-ventilated area clear of the house or other combustibles.
  • Do open the barbecue lid before lighting. Remember to always turn the gas valve on first.
  • Do keep gas hoses away from hot surfaces and hot grease.
  • Do keep children away from the gas valve and the grill.
  • Do turn the valve off first when you finish to allow the gas in the hose to be burned off, then turn off the burner controls so no gas remains trapped in the hose.
  • Do allow your barbecue to cool completely before covering it.
  • Do invest in a barbecue cover to keep moisture, snow and UV rays from deteriorating your barbecue.
  • Do use a good barbecue grill cleaner once or twice a year to for a really good clean and degrease.
  • Do choose a new barbecue that passes recognized Canadian Safety Standards.


  • Donít use matches or a lighter to check for leaks.
  • Donít leave the barbecue unattended when in use.
  • Donít wear loose clothing while operating the barbecue.
  • Donít allow grease to build up. Clean the burners and grill regularly to minimize the risk of a serious grease fire.
  • Donít put water on a grease fire. It will only cause the flames to flare.
  • Donít barbecue in an enclosed space, such as a garage. For ventilation and safety reasons, move your barbecue into the open at least three metres away from windows and doors.
  • Donít place your barbecue near wooden surfaces, beneath a combustible roof overhead or even under a tree with low branches. Be extra careful about the area behind the barbecue where hot gases escape and could create a fire hazard.

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