The Barbecue

Barbecuing has always been part of summer fun with friends and family. Here are a few tips to keep your loved ones safe.

  • Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for use of a barbecue.
  • Never start a gas grill with the lid closed. The propane or gas can accumulate inside and when ignited, could explode and blow the lid off.
  • Do not wear loose clothing while grilling.
  • Do not smoke around the barbecue.
  • Keep your child away from grilling areas at all times. The metal surface of a gas grill may remain hot for a long period of time.  
  • If using a lighter to start the barbecue, keep it out of sight and out of reach of your child. 
  • Locate your camping stove in an open, well-ventilated area away from your tent, awnings, sleeping bags, dry wood and shrubs. 
  • Secure your camping stove on a flat non-flammable surface.
  • Do not use your camping stove as a heater or leave it unattended.
  • Never add lighter/starter fluid to hot or even warm coals.
  • Make sure to turn off your barbecue when finished cooking. 
  • Clean barbecue utensils after each use.
  • Change barbecue cleaning brushes often. The metal bristles of the brush can break off on the grill, end up in the food and be swallowed.

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