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Standards and Safety Tips for Summer Barbecues

New York, May 26, 2006

As consumers fire up their grills this Memorial Day weekend in anticipation of summer, they are reminded to keep safety in mind. Standards for gas and electric outdoor appliances will help to ensure that the grills serving up summer’s first feast will conform to requirements for safety, performance, and durability.

CSA America, a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has developed a standard to promote the safe operation of outdoor cooking gas appliances, and reduce the risk of potential injury relating to their use. ANSI Z21.58-2005/CSA 1.6-2005, Outdoor Cooking Gas Appliances, provides design and manufacturing guidelines for portable and stationary gas appliances that run on fixed fuel piping systems or self-contained liquefied petroleum gas systems. Included in the standard are requirements that the grill be constructed of materials that can withstand the heat to which they will be exposed, that the grill contains no sharp edges, and that the burner valve grasping handles do not reach excessive temperatures. ANSI Z21.58 also requires that manufacturers furnish clear, concise, printed instructions guiding the proper installation, use, and maintenance of these appliances.

Developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), IEC 60335-2-78 Ed. 2.0 b:2005, Household and Similar Electrical Appliances - Safety - Part 2-78: Particular Requirements for Outdoor Barbecues, addresses the safety of electric outdoor barbecues of rated voltage less than 250 volts. The document addresses the common hazards presented by electric appliances, and defines safety requirements relating to overload protection of transformers and circuits, resistance to heat and fire, stability and mechanical hazards, internal wiring, and protection against electrocution.

Gas Grill Safety Tips
Grill fires and explosions are more likely to occur when a grill has been left idle for a length of time, or just after replacing the grill’s liquid petroleum or propane gas container. To minimize risks to gas grills, consumers should perform the following routine safety checks outlined by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

  • Check the tubes that lead into the burner for any blockage from insects or food grease. Use a pipe cleaner or wire to clear blockage and push it through to the main part of the burner.
  • Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes, and leaks.
  • Replace scratched connectors, which can eventually leak gas.
  • Check for leaks when you reconnect the grill to the gas container. Do not attempt to light the grill until the leak is fixed.
  • Do not repair the tank valve or the appliance yourself. See a gas dealer or a qualified repair person.
  • Store and transport gas containers in a secure, upright position. Never store gas containers indoors or under or near the grill.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

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