British Columbia Safety Authority

British Columbia Safety Authority

August 01, 2012 10:00 ET

BC Safety Authority: Are You Grilling During the Long Weekend? Do it Safely!

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 1, 2012) - The BC day long weekend is soon upon us and great weather is expected over most parts of the province. It's the perfect match that brings the grillers out.

But whether you're grilling in the comfort of your own backyard or while camping far away from the city, you should know that using natural gas or portable propane appliances safely requires some care and preparation.

Every year, injuries, property damage and sometimes more serious consequences happen due to misuse of gas-fired equipment. But incidents like fires, burns, and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can be avoided by using a few simple safety precautions.

The BC Safety Authority (BCSA) is asking campers and grillers to inspect gas equipment prior to use and to be aware that carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless, toxic gas which can cause flu-like symptoms and even death

"If you and your family want a safe and worry free grilling weekend, then use your propane or natural gas equipment properly," says Eric Skehor, the BC Safety Authority's gas safety manager. "Check your BBQ's condition before firing it up by looking for damage, corrosion or leaks. If you are unsure, and especially if the equipment is older, it's best to have it checked by a qualified dealer. Also, never use gas equipment in enclosed spaces and refer to the manufacturer's manual for maintenance and safe operating requirements."

Here are the BC Safety Authority's top three safety reminders for those planning on using gas appliances or handling propane while camping:

  • Portable gas appliances must only be used outside where there is ample ventilation; not in tents, RVs, cabins, houses, apartments or any type of indoor space as this can lead to deadly carbon monoxide poisoning or fire.
  • It is critical to never leave children unattended around gas-fired equipment.
  • Ensure your propane appliances and cylinders are in good working order.

The BCSA website provides more information about camping and grilling safety and CO safety:

The British Columbia Safety Authority keeps people safe by mandating the safe installation and use of technical equipment. The BCSA also issues permits and licences, educates, and conducts onsite inspections in high-risk situations.

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