Fire Safety Tip for Multi-Family Housing

It’s barbeque time!

  • Make sure that the barbecue is not near any material that could catch fire.
  • Only open the propane tank a quarter to one-half turn. That is all the gas the barbecue needs to operate, and if you do encounter a problem then it is much quicker to shut it off.
  • Always open the barbecue lid before you light it. If your barbecue doesn’t fire up the first time you try it, shut it off, and try it again in five (5) minutes.
  • Stay with your fire, from the time you first light the barbecue till you are finished cooking. Accidents can happen when you leave a barbecue unattended.
  • If you use a barbecue lighter don’t leave it lying around where children can access it. It doesn’t take a genius, or an adult, to figure out how to use one.
  • When finished barbecuing, remember to shut off the propane tank as well as the barbecue.

Propane Grills

  • Start the season by giving your barbecue an inspection, and remember to do this every time you change a propane tank as well.
  • Spray soapy water on the connections and supply lines. If bubbles form you have a leak. Turn off the tank and try re-connecting. If it still bubbles then gas is still leaking. Shut off the tank and get the leaky part replaced.
  • Remove the grates and lava rocks, and check out the burner. If it looks good visually, then fire it up and make sure you have an even flame throughout. If you don’t have an even flame, replace the burner. Most burners only last one or two seasons, depending on how much use your barbecue has received. Check the bottom for rust and any signs of deterioration.

Charcoal Grills

  • Never use gasoline to get the coals lit, use only lighter fluid.
  • Let the lighter fluid soak into the coals for a minute or so before lighting. This will give the explosive vapors a chance to dissipate. Stand back from the coals when you ignite them.
  • Before you light the coals, remove the lighter fluid from the area.
  • If the coals start to die out, don’t spray lighter fluid on the hot coals. You could end up with explosive results.
  • Always dispose of coals and ashes in a safe manner.
  • Carefully place them in a bucket of water or metal container with a tight fitting lid. Set containers away from structures and other combustible materials.

REMEMBER: It is your landlord’s right to limit or prohibit the use of barbecues on decks and balconies. Be sure to adhere to any limitations contained in your rental agreement. If you are not sure, check with your on-site manager.

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