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Summer fire tips

The BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund would like to remind everyone to take extra care in their summer activities to avoid preventable burns and scalds.

Barbecue - Propane & Natural Gas

• Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year by applying a light soap and water solution to the hose. If there is a propane leak, it will release bubbles. If you do find a leak and there is no flame, do the following:

1. Turn off the gas tank and grill.

2. If the leak stops, have the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.

3. If it does not stop, call the fire department.

• If you smell gas at any point while cooking, get away from the grill immediately and call the fire department.

• Use only equipment with the label of a recognized tesing laboratory. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to set up the grill and maintain it.

• Never store propane tanks in buildings or gargages. If you store a gass grill inside during the winter, disconnect the cylinder and leave it outside.

• Never use a barbecue indoors or in an enclosed area such as a tent; doing so can cause a fire hazard and a build-up of poisonous carbon monoxide gas.

• Prevent cooking grease from dripping onto hoses or propane cylinder. Grease build-up is a fire hazard.

Barbecue - Grills - Charcoal

• If you use a ‘charcoal chimney’ to start charcoal for cooking, use a long match to avoid burning your fingers when lighting the paper.

• If you use starter fluid, only use charcoal starter fluid and never add charcoal fluid when coals or kindling have already been ignited.

• Never use gasoline or any other flammable liquid to get the fire going.

• Keep charcoal fluid away from children and heat sources.

• Always use barbecue grills outdoors, a safe distance from play areas and foot traffic.

• Position the grill well away from siding, deck railing and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

• Soak coals with water before discarding to prevent their re-ignition. Then dipose of them in a metal container.


• Obey all fire laws, ordinances and regulations for your area.

• Never use gasoline to help ignite a campfire.

• Make sure that small children are placed well away from campfires.

• Keep campfires small and never leave them unattended.

• Soak hot coals with water to douse flames. Make sure your campfire is out before you leave.


• Store in safety cans or containers that have been approved for the storage of flammables, store outside the home, away from pilot lights or other sources of ignition.

• Never use gasoline as a cleaner, a charcoal starter or a solvent.

• When refueling any engine, turn it off, allow it to cool and extinguish all smoking materials.

• Always keep gasoline away from children and pets.

• Never use water to put out a gasoline fire.

Protect Yourself and Your Family

• Practice Stop, Drop and Roll. If you catch on fire: Stop where you are. Drop to the ground and cover your face. Roll over and over until the fire is out.

• If you are burned, run cool water over the burn. Never apply butter or salve to burns because they seal in heat and can cause further damage to the skin.

• Call 911 in case of fire.

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