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Six tips for barbecue fire safety

Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service shares tips for a safe season
June 29, 2022
Yoyo Yan

Barbecue season is here. Before getting ready to cook outside in the warm weather, Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service (VFRS) wants to remind you of the importance of fire safety and prevention when grilling up a storm this season.

Barbecuing safety tips


When using charcoal grills, only use charcoal briquettes (a compressed chunk of coal dust or charcoal) explicitly designed for that purpose and charcoal lighting fluid to ignite. Sprinkle the briquettes with lighter fluid and allow it to soak in, then wait approximately 10 minutes. Never add fluid after igniting the barbecue and never use gasoline to light a barbecue.

Using propane


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