Surrey Fire Service: Safety tips for safe summer barbequing

BARBEQUING is a common cause of burns and exterior fires which have the potential to spread to nearby buildings or surrounding objects such as trees or shrubs.

Whether using a barbeque in the yard, on a balcony, or at the park, the Surrey Fire Service is encouraging everyone to grill safely by following some simple safety precautions.

* Only propane, natural gas or charcoal barbeques are permitted within the City of Surrey and should only be used outside.
* Place barbeque well away from the building, railings, eaves and branches.
* Keep kids and dogs at least one metre (three feet) away from cooking area.
* Never leave your barbeque unattended, even for a short time.
* Remove grease buildup from the barbeque trays below the grill.
* Keep your lid open when lighting the barbeque.
* For propane devices, check the tank hose and connections before first use each year. Add a light soap/water solution and look for bubbles from leaks.
* If you smell gas, immediately back away and call 9-1-1.
* For lighting charcoal barbeque, use only charcoal starter fluid when starting – once the fire has started, do not add more or any other flammable liquids.

*Let charcoal cool completely after use before disposing in a metal container.

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