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.
Last updated: July 2013, January 2016, July 2017