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Barbecuing is a year round pastime for some folks. These safety tips will help you to use your grill safely.


Charcoal Barbecues Safety

  • Never use gasoline to get a charcoal barbecue started. Use charcoal lighting fluid  or solid fuel starter, as per product manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Wait for at least a minute before lighting fluid, soaked coals in order for explosive vapours to dissipate.
  • Never spray lighter fluid on hot coals. You could end up with explosive results.
  • Always extinguish the coals when you’re finished barbecuing. Submerge coals in a metal pail of water while using tongs and wearing oven mitts.
  • Always keep children and pets away from a hot barbecue.
  • Always use the lid provided with charcoal barbecues.

Note: Solid fuel BBQ’s are prohibited for apartment use.

Gas Barbecues Safety

  • Make sure the burner holes and tubes connected to the burners are rust and debris free and that the burner throat, where the propane enters the burner, is free of dust or cobwebs. 
  • Soap test all hoses and joints regularly. Leave the barbecue valve off and the cylinder valve on. Spread the soap and water solution generously on all fittings and the hose. If bubbles appear and become larger or increase in number, then you have a leak. Never check for leaks with an open flame.
  • Always use gas grills outdoors. Grilling in the garage with the door open does not allow for enough ventilation and could cause an accumulation of carbon monoxide.
  • When lighting your barbecue, have the match or lighter already burning with the barbecue lid open before you turn on the propane.
  • In order to prevent propane from getting trapped in the hose after each use, turn off the propane tank cylinder valve first, then the “ON/OFF” valve on the barbecue.
  • Never leave a lit barbecue unattended.
  • Make sure your barbecue is at least 1 metre (3 feet) from your house or other combustible objects. 
  • Never move a lit barbecue.
When the fire hazard is extreme, the City of Edmonton may issue a fire ban to protect life and property

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10465 - 105 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 0P5

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm (Closed on weekends and statutory holidays)


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