Make Fire Safety a Priority at Your Next BBQ

Protection can be relatively simple and inexpensive. To help prevent fire fatalities and injuries at your home this summer:

  • Only use your barbeque outside. Barbeques are not designed to be used in a caravan, tent, garage or house. Carbon monoxide can build up and poison you.
  • Setup a barbeque in an open area away from buildings, overhead combustible surfaces, dry leaves or brush. Be sure to avoid high traffic areas and always barbeque in a well-ventilated area. Be aware of wind blown sparks.
  • Always read the owner’s manual before using the barbeque.
  • Never use a barbecue indoors. Use the barbecue at least 3 metres away from your house or any building. Do not use the grill in a garage, breezeway, carport, porch or under a surface that can catch fire.
  • Keep a multipurpose fire extinguisher within easy reach. When purchasing a fire extinguisher, choose the largest size that can be handled comfortably.
  • Use a fire extinguisher when the fire is small and contained and only when there is a clear path behind you. Use a fire extinguisher to create an escape path to safety when all exits and escape routes are blocked by fire.
  • Wear clothing that does not have hanging frills or apron strings, and use flame retardant mitts when adjusting hot vents.
  • Never leave a grill unattended once it is lit.
  • Use long-handled utensils to avoid burns and splatters.
  • Never attempt to move a hot grill.
  • If using a charcoal grill, petrol should never be used in place of charcoal lighter fluid. Never reapply charcoal lighter fluid after the fire has started; the flames can ignite the vapours, and travel up to the can causing an explosion.

Consumers should use caution when storing LP gas containers. Always keep containers upright. Never store a spare gas container under or near the barbecue or indoors. Never store or use flammable liquids, like petrol, near the barbecue.

To avoid accidents while transporting LP gas containers, consumers should transport the container in a secure, upright position. Never keep a filled container in a hot car or car trunk. Heat will cause the gas pressure to increase, which may open the relief valve and allow gas to escape.