Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer
May 6, 2011 — Anxious to do some barbecuing this spring? The Weather Network has some safety tips to consider before you fire up the grill.
With the weather starting to warm up in most parts of the country, many Canadians are celebrating the return of barbecue season.
Still, experts suggest giving your bbq a quick check-up after those long winter months. Snow can cause broken lines and corroded parts, which could pose a fire hazard.
Andrew Pitre, a fire fighter in Moncton, New Brunswick, is also known as the BBQ doctor. He suggests checking the propane connections for leaks before sparking up the grill.
“The first thing I would do is make the proper connection. Do a visual inspection to make sure there is no damage in the hose and you can use a soapy water solution to make sure there are no obvious leaks,” says Pitre. “Just like a bicycle tire the pressure inside is going to create a bubble with soapy water. That's an easy thing that someone can do themselves that is all about safety.”
Pitre says the next step is to check over the burner.
“As time goes on it's gona rust and then eventually it's going to have a hole in it or a hole gets plugged up. So a quick visual inspection to make sure it's operating the way it should is the key.”
If in doubt, Pitre says change it out, as it is better to be safe than sorry.
Many Canadians are already busy barbecuing, and will likely continue to be right through the summer months. If you haven't fired up the grill yet this season, here are some additional suggestions to be aware of:
With files from Jill Colton