A Guide to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Guide to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (CO Poisoning)

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Barbecue Safety Tips

When hosting a barbecue for family or friends, make sure to practice important barbecue safety. Propane and charcoal barbecues can be dangerous if safety precautions are not taken.

Inspection and Cleaning
At the onset of barbecue season, make a routine inspection of the burner ports for rust or blockage before firing up the grill. Expose any leaks in the hose by spraying a mixture of liquid soap and water onto the surface. If bubbles begin to form and increase as you continue to spray the solution, you have leaks.

Setting Up
Barbecue Safety Once the barbecue is in good working order, set it down on a solid surface, preferably away from the structure of your home. This area should be well-ventilated and at a safe distance from anything flammable.

Propane and Charcoal Barbecue Safety Tips

  • A propane barbecue should never be used on a balcony, or terrace.
  • A charcoal barbecue can be used on a balcony or terrace, but requires a ten foot clearance from the building. A fire extinguisher or source of water should be easily accessible in case of fire.

Charcoal Barbecues
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports about 20 deaths and 400 injuries yearly caused by the misuse of charcoal grills. Charcoal barbecues should never be used inside the home, car, tent, or trailer. When charcoal burns it produces carbon monoxide that can be fatal if there is not sufficient ventilation. That does not mean that an open door or window will keep you safe; the enclosed space will cause a build-up of carbon monoxide that can pose a serious health threat to you and your guests.

Barbecue Safety from Food Borne Illnesses
Now that your barbecue is safe to operate, go ahead and impress your guests by preparing a great feast. How you handle the food is as important as how well it is cooked. Be sure to sanitize your hands before making contact with the food. Food-borne illnesses such as E coli, salmonella, and other bacteria can cause serious health problems. Make sure to cook food thoroughly. A meat thermometer is a handy tool that allows you to serve food without that nagging thought of whether or not the meal is ready to eat.

Storing the Barbecue
Cleaning and inspecting the barbecue should be part of your barbecue safety routine before storing it away for the winter. Clean and dry the unit, check for any damage, disconnect the cylinder, and cover it up until next season.

Now that you have exercised barbecue safety precautions, you are ready to fire up the grill, invite all your friends and enjoy a delicious feast.



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