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​​While propane barbecues are cleaner and cook faster than charcoal barbecues, they do present potential hazards. A little extra care along with these simple precautions should ensure the safe and enjoyable operation of your propane barbecue.
  • Make sure burner ports are free of rust and dirt.
  • Ensure that the burner orifice is clear of dust and cobwebs. 
  • Check that the hose is in good condition. A damaged or cracked hose can send out a jet of propane which could result in a flame several feet high if ignited.BBQ
  • Place your barbecue away from combustible roof overhang and low trees. Operate a barbecue within ten feet of a combustible wall or a window of a building.
  • When lighting your barbecue, have the match or taper already burning and the lid open before you turn on the propane.
  • Never move the barbecue while it is lit.
  • Turn off both the appliance "on-off" valve and the cylinder valve at the conclusion of every use.
Always be sure to check your barbecue for leaks before you use it. Follow these easy steps:
  • ​Turn barbecue burner control knobs off.
  • Move the barbecue to an open, well-ventilated outdoor area prior to connecting the fuel supply.
  • Connect the fuel supply to the barbecue and check all connections for leaks. Do not use matches, lighters, or flame to check for leaks.
  • A simple way to check for leaks can be adding a small amount of dishsoap to water in a spray bottle. Spray over the area of the suspected leak. A leak is imminent if bubbles surface on the sprayed area.
  • If you find a leak, close the cylinder service valve and re-tighten the leaking connection. Leak test again.
  • If you cannot stop a leak by additional tightening of a connection, turn off the propane cylinder service valve. Disconnect the propane cylinder and call a fuel appliance repair-person certified through Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA).


 
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