If you’re thinking of grilling your Dad a steak this Father’s Day, fire departments across the province are hoping you’ll keep some safety tips in mind — regardless of the rainy weather.
Basic tips include: never leaving your barbecue unattended, keeping them away from buildings or structures, keeping them outside, and — most importantly — keeping pets and children a safe distance away.
Yvonne Raymer is with the Saskatoon Fire Department and said before you use your barbecue — especially if it’s the natural gas variety — it’s important to check the connection to your fuel source.
If you do smell natural gas, Raymer said you can always do a soap test.
“If it bubbles on the hose, then you have a leak and you need to shut it off,” said Raymer. “Then, you can either take your hose in and repair it, or you can always call us.”
Raymer added that propane tanks should also be checked for rust and any issues with the valve as well.
Should your flame go out while you’re barbecuing, Raymer recommends to turn off the gas and grill, and wait 15 minutes before lighting it again.