2016 Spring Safe Handbook
Your handbook for a safer Spring (2.15 MB)
When the warm weather finally arrives our thoughts turn to one of the most fundamental rites of a Canadian summer…. backyard barbecuing. But before the first burger of the season hits the grill, make sure you’ve inspected and cleaned your propane or natural gas barbecue.
Make sure the burner ports are free of rust or dirt and that the burner orifice is clear of dust and cobwebs, as blockages can be dangerous. Use a pipe cleaner or wire to ensure they are clear of any obstructions.
Next, check that the hose is in good condition. A damaged or cracked hose can send out a jet of propane that, if ignited, could result in a flame several feet long.
If you have a propane barbecue, check all cylinder connections and hoses for leaks. Never use a match or lighter to check for leaks. Brush a mixture of 50% soap and 50% water onto all connections and hoses. Rising bubbles indicate a leak. Repair or tighten all connections until there are no bubbles.
It is always better to be safe, so if you are uncertain about the condition of any part of your barbecue replace it with a new component. Parts for your barbecue are readily available at most hardware stores and building supply centres.
If you are uncomfortable performing safety checks and repairs on your propane or natural gas BBQ yourself, please contact a certified fuel-appliance repair person; check the yellow pages in your area or call TSSA at 1-877-682- 8772.
Once your barbecue is in safe working condition you are ready to begin cooking. When lighting the grill always have the lid open. First open the valve at the cylinder, then turn the barbecue on at the grill controls and then light the burner using the igniter button.
If there is no igniter button, insert the flame from a long match or barbecue lighter through the side burner hole. If you are using a match, have the match lit before you turn on the gas at the grill controls.
If the burner doesn’t ignite, turn the gas off and wait five minutes, keeping the lid open before trying again.
Once you are certain everything is in good working order…enjoy!
Few things can match the fun and enjoyment of a barbecue with family and friends. Practice sensible, safe barbecuing and your summer get-together will be sizzling success!
Strictly enforced safety regulations are one reason why incidents involving propane tanks are rare. Propane cylinders must be inspected and re-qualified or replaced every 10 years in Canada. A date stamp on the collar of the cylinder indicates when it was last qualified.
Just because a propane cylinder hasn’t reached its 10-year limitation, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be replaced. Check your tank closely. If it is rusty, damaged or you just aren’t sure if it’s reliable, don’t take unnecessary risks. Replace it with a new one and be certain of your safety. When you do get a new propane cylinder , make sure you turn the old one in so that it can be properly purged and recycled or disposed of.
All new propane cylinder must be purged of air and moisture prior to the first filling.
The law requires that only a properly trained and certified attendant may fill a tank. The attendant will not fill an outdated propane cylinder or fill any cylinder beyond 80% of its capacity.
We’ve all been there. You’ve got everything ready for a big backyard barbecue and, ‘oh no’, the propane cylinder is empty! In a panic you drop everything to rush off and get the cylinder refilled in time.
Don’t rush! Take the extra few minutes to ensure you handle your cylinder properly and transport it safely to minimize risk and avoid potential incidents and injury.