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Propane and BBQ


Propane Barbecue

Most Canadians love to barbecue all year long, but barbeque use is definitely higher when the weather gets warmer! Follow these simple rules to ensure your barbecuing experience will be safe and pleasurable all year long.

Clean & Safe...

  • If pulling your barbecue out for the first time of the year, make sure you clean and inspect your barbecue.
  • Make sure the burner ports are free of rust or dirt or cobwebs. Use a pipe cleaner or wire to ensure they are clear of any obstructions.
  • Check that the hose and all cylinder connections are in good condition. Never use a match or lighter to check for leaks. Brush a mixture of 50% soap and 50% water onto all hoses and connections and look for bubbles. Replace, repair or tighten any connections until no bubbles are evident.
  • Clean out grease traps and keep grill areas free of grease.
  • Make sure your barbecue is placed in a safe area away from combustibles and far enough away from buildings and fences. Radiant heat from a barbecue can damage siding.

Lighting Your Barbecue

  • Always light the barbecue with the lid open! Open the valve at the cylinder, then turn the barbecue on at the grill controls and then light the burner. If your barbecue is not equipped with an ignitor button, insert the flame from a long match or barbecue lighter through the side burner hole. Have the match lit before you turn on the gas at the grill controls.
  • If the burner does not ignite, turn the gas off and wait 5 minutes. Keep the lid open, and then try again.
  • When using charcoal grills, only use charcoal briquettes designed specifically for that purpose and charcoal lighting fluids to ignite. Sprinkle briquettes with the lighter fluid and allow it to soak in. Wait approximately 10 minutes. Never add fluid after igniting the barbecue!
  • Never use gasoline to light a barbeque!

Transporting Propane

  • Tanks must be equipped with a plug to cover the outlet valve. Ensure that this is applied when you disconnect your tank.
  • Always carry the cylinder in an upright position with the safety valve on top.
  • Never put a propane cylinder in a closed vehicle, make sure windows are open when transporting.
  • Secure the cylinder in the upright position, so it cannot tip over while you are driving.
  • Never leave a cylinder in a parked car with the windows up. Heat can build up quickly and this could cause an explosion.

Propane and Balcony

Using a gas grill on a balcony of an apartment building is not recommended. If your building does allow them, be aware that propane tanks must be transported in a service elevator. If the building is not equipped with one, then it must be transported with the person transporting the cylinder alone in a passenger elevator.  The London Fire Department does not regulate the use of propane barbecues on balconies.  Please check with your building management.

Storing Propane

  • Never store propane inside a building.
  • Propane gas is heavier than air. If a cylinder leaks, the escaping gas will settle near the ground.
  • A spark from the pilot light of your furnace, hot water heater, or fireplace can cause ignition at any time.
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