Fire up the barbie... safely!
Backyard barbecuing is a warm-weather tradition, but unfortunately it’s rife with opportunities for accident and injury. Some accidents result from using the barbecue improperly, and others from a lack of maintenance and preparation. Let’s take a look at seven barbecuing safety tips to help you avoid a costly and potentially dangerous accident.
Inspect before you barbecue
Kevin Busch, vice president of operations for Mr. Handyman, reminds barbecuing aficionados to inspect the barbecue before using it, especially if it’s been sitting idle for the winter. “The bugs, leaves and leftover food residue that builds up during the off-season are a leading cause of barbecue fires,” he says. So don’t light that fire before you thoroughly clean the barbecue.
Check for leaks
If you’re using a gas barbecue with a propane tank, “habitually check for leaks and breaks in the gas hose,” says Busch. Tighten the connections between the tank, the gas hose and the barbecue before you ignite.
If the barbecue has been out of commission for a while, check the hose for leaks by spraying soapy water on the length of the hose. Then turn on the gas. If bubbles appear on the hose, you’ve got a leak and the hose needs to be replaced.