Every year the improper use of barbecues, grills, fryers, and other outdoor cooking or fire apparatus causes thousands of fires, hundreds of injuries, millions of dollars in property damage and even deaths. Along with carelessness, situations often arise because of alcohol use combined with inattention, guests and a party atmosphere. Don't let this happen to you or your family.
Here are a few tips to help make sure your outdoor cooking or heating experiences are safe and enjoyable.
Do not operate, or allow your guests to operate, any apparatus of this nature while under the influence.
Carefully read and adhere to all of the instructions that came with your apparatus. Every one tends to be a bit different and assumptions can get you into trouble.
Keep a properly rated and charged fire extinguisher within easy reach AND make sure you and others helping out, know how to use it!
Know where to shut off the main fuel supply. The first sign of any trouble be prepared to turn off the units control valves and the fuel supply.
Never use accelerants in a gas barbecue.
Keep your grill clean at all times and free of grease which can catch fire and flare up.
Ensure the hose is in good condition and check it and all connections thoroughly for leaks by following the manufacturer's directions e.g. soap solution. Never use a flame to test for leaks.
Check for obstructions that might block the fuel supply. Mouse or squirrel nests, insects, and other foreign matter can create a blockage with a resulting explosion and fire.
When lighting your unit have the match or taper already lit and the lid open before turning on the gas.
Never move the barbecue while it is lit or the fuel is on and always make sure any apparatus is on solid, flat, level ground.
Watch for loose clothing. A flowing shirt or blouse is an invitation to disaster especially with the increasing popularity of deck or table top outdoor fireplaces.
Use proper oven mitts and tongs.
When you are done cooking turn off the barbecue control valves and the cylinder or main shut off.
If someone not familiar with your setup is cooking, make sure they have been made aware of these safety precautions.
Extreme caution with the side burners is also important. If bumped a spill of hot liquids can cause serious injury. Keep children and pets far away.
Make sure your barbecue is not located near any combustibles such as blowing outdoor curtains, netting, trees or wood dÃ©cor. Check the manual for proper clearances.
Charcoal grills might appear safer but are actually more responsible than gas grills for fires because of the lighter fluid. Use extreme caution. Keep your distance and never add lighter fluid to already lit coals. Once you are done, exercise more caution for the proper disposal of the coals making certain they are fully extinguished and if moved placed in a metal can kept outdoors.
Deep frying is gaining in popularity especially with turkeys around Thanksgiving. Fire and oil is dangerous business and extreme caution needs to be taken. Spills and overflows are usually the main cause of trouble. Make certain your poultry has been properly thawed, there is no water retained in the food, and food is lowered properly into the hot oil. Carefully follow all manufacturers' directions.
Sincerely, The Insurance Advisors @ Guthrie Insurance Brokers Ltd
Toronto- (416) 487-5200 – 1-888-310-SAVE (7283)