SERVPRO's Tips For Your Calgary Summer BBQ
Calgary, it is finally time to get back outside and turn on that barbecue. Here are a few safety tips to keep you and your grill in tiptop shape.
- Keep you barbecue at least 3 meters (10 feet) away from any structures, this includes your house, garage, carport, patio, or any sheds.
- Clean you grill frequently, grease and fat inside your barbecue can flare up and create bursts of flames. If there is a build up of fat from past grills, this can ignite and provide more fuel for the flame. A clean grill is a happy grill.
- Check all connections and hoses for leaks. Make sure there are no gas leaks from source to flame. You can check the hose and all connections by mixing dish soap with water and wiping it on the hose/connections. Open your BBQ lid and turn on the gas, if any bubbles form that is a tell-tale sign of a leak. Fix/replace any leaks before use.
- Remove clutter from the immediate area. Decorations or Knick-Knacks can ignite from flare ups and add more fuel to the fire. This tip also includes the grill itself, do not overload the BBQ with food, as more drippings increase the chance of larger flare ups.
- Keep a fire extinguisher close by in case a fire gets out of control. If you are unsure how to use a fire extinguisher an emergency is not the time to learn, Call 911 first.
- Never turn on the gas while the lid is closed. This can create a buildup of flammable gas that when lit can cause a large flame that you may not be expecting (your eyebrows will thank you for this one).
- Do not leave you BBQ unattended. Fire grows at a surprising rate, always keep a watchful eye on your grill to limit any surprises.
- Be safe and enjoy!
For more tips and suggestions you can visit the Government of Canada’s website @ https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/home-garden-safety/barbecue-safety.html