Outdoor Grilling

Summertime is peak season for outdoor grilling and grilling fires. Make safety your first priority to keep your summer cook-out memorable for the right reasons. 

Setting Up 

  • Barbecue grills are designed for outdoor use only. Never barbecue in enclosed areas as carbon monoxide can build up.
  • Set up your grill in an open area away from buildings, overhead combustible surfaces, dry leaves and brush.
  • Before using your grill, make sure all parts are firmly in place and the grill is on a flat surface.  


  • Inspect your propane grill to be sure all connections are tight before turning on the gas.
  • Don’t open the valve all the way so you can turn it off easily if a fire starts.
  • If you use charcoal, apply starter fluid directly to the coals and let it soak into the coals for a minute before lighting.
  • If the coals start to die out, fan them to feed the flame. Do not add fluid to an already lit fire.  

Cleaning Up 

  • When finished using your propane barbecue, always make sure that you not only turn off the barbecue but also shut off the propane cylinder too.
  • Allow coals to cool for completely before disposing. If you are can’t wait, wet the coals with plenty of water and stir them to ensure that the fire is out.
  • Never place coals in plastic, paper or wooden containers, only metal. 

Use in Apartments & Condominiums


  • The B.C. Gas Safety Regulation regulates the use of barbecues in apartments, condominiums and single family homes.
  • Apartment building owners and condominium associations may still prohibit or restrict use of barbecues.