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BWGFES Fire Safety Tip of the Month

JULY: Barbecue Safety
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Few things can match the fun and enjoyment of a barbecue with family and friends. Practice sensible, safe barbecuing and your summer get together will be a sizzling success.


At the start of the barbecue season, do this three-step safety check of your BBQ:

  1. Clean: Use a pipe cleaner or wire to make sure the burner ports are free of rust, debris, spider webs or other debris.
  2. Check: Examine the hose leading from the tank to the burners. Replace if cracked or damaged.
  3. Test: Find leaks by applying 50/50 solution of water and dish soap to propane cylinder connections and hoses. If bubbles appear, tighten the connection and/or replace the damaged parts and retest.


Even a perfectly functioning barbecue needs to be handled with care. Here is a list of safety tips:

Do …

  • keep loose clothing away from a hot barbecue.
  • keep children and pets at a safe distance.
  • when finished, turn the gas valve off first, then turn off the burner controls, so that no gas is left in the connecting hose.
  • allow the barbecue to cool completely before closing the cover.

Don't …

  • leave the barbecue unattended when in use.
  • barbecue in an enclosed space, such as a garage or tent.
  • allow grease to build up on the burners or at the base of the barbecue as this could cause a grease fire.
  • throw water on a grease fire – this will only spread the flame.
  • position your barbecue too close to wooden fences or walls. Make sure the area behind your barbecue is free of combustible material, since this is where hot gases escape.
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