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Firefighters Urge Care After Fighting Barbecue Fire


Monday, May 15, 2023 - Winnipeg Firefighters fought three blazes over the weekend and are reminding homeowners to be careful with barbecues as the summer season is here.


On Sunday fire crews responded to an explosion and fire at a home on Arden Avenue that originated with the barbecue and propane tank. The fire was contained to the deck.


Barbecue fires and injuries can be prevented by following these tips:

  • Always light the barbecue with the spark ignitor button or a proper barbecue lighter while the lid is open. If you turn on the gas with the lid closed, the gas can start building up inside and lead to a fire.

  • Do not hold a cigarette lighter or match over the grill when the gas or propane is on. Doing so can cause a burst of flames resulting in burns to your hands.

  • Regularly check all connections on your barbeque to ensure they’re tight and there are no leaks in the hose where gas can escape. This can be done by applying a mixture of soap and water to all connections, hoses, and also to the gas cylinder head. If there is a leak bubbles will start to form or grow rapidly. This can be remedied by tightening the connections or having the defective parts replaced by a trained professional.

  • As with all types of cooking, you never want to leave your grill unattended. Make sure to keep children and pets far away.

  • If you need to get a propane refill, make sure to keep your tank upright while transporting it and plan to go directly to the refill station and back home. The tank should have a safety plug and never be left in a closed compartment. It’s also a good idea to keep a window open while driving.

  • Barbecues of any size should never be used indoors or in an enclosed space because they produce carbon monoxide, which can be deadly. Only use your barbecue outside in a well-ventilated area, spaced apart from any structures, deck railings, fences, overhanging trees, awnings, or eaves troughs.

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