5 tips to fire up the grill safely this summer in Brampton

Published May 16, 2023 at 12:31 pm

Warm weather means the return of barbeque season but backyard chefs in Brampton should know the risks and be prepared before firing up the grill.

Whether you use gas, charcoal, wood or pellets to bring the heat, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services (BFES) says taking the extra time to make sure your barbeque is working properly and safely can help avoid injury or property damage.

Here are five tips to help you grill safely this season in Brampton:

Clean – Remove excess grease and debris to help improve the performance of your grill and prevent future safety issues. Use a pipe cleaner or wire to ensure burner ports are free of rust, dirt, spider
webs or other debris.

Check – Read the owner’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to make your backyard grilling as safe as can be. Each BBQ is slightly different, please don’t assume you know how to operate it. Examine the hose leading from the tank to the burners. Replace if cracked or damaged.

Test – Find leaks by applying a half-and-half solution of water and dish soap to you propane cylinder
connections and hoses. If bubbles appear, tighten the connection or replace the damaged parts and retest.

Watch – BFES said the number one cause of fires in Brampton is unattended cooking and warned residents never to leave a barbeque or stove unattended.

Location – BFES also warned never to operate a barbeque indoors or in an enclosed space and only use them outdoors, away from your home and openings like windows.

“It is not only a fire hazard, but it exposes occupants to toxic gases like carbon monoxide and potential asphyxiation,” the City said.

For more information on how to barbeque safely in Brampton this spring and summer visit www.Brampton.ca.




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