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Toms River Fire Prevention Bureau Offers BBQ Safety Tips

Propane tank concerns explained

Column as submitted by Toms River Fire Prevention Bureau, Bob Yaiser:

Barbecuing Season is here.

Toms River Fire Prevention Bureau reminds residents to take several safety precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable season.

Propane Don'ts:                                  

  • Do not smoke while handling the propane cylinder
  • Do not leave cylinder in your vehicle
  • Do not use lighters or matches to check for leaks
  • Do not use, store, or transport your cylinder where it would be exposed to high temperatures ( this includes storing spare cylinders under or near the grill)

The Uniform Fire Code states Portable LP Gas Cooking equipment such as barbecue grills shall not be stored or used:

  1. On any porch,balcony ,or any other portion of a building:
  2. Within any room or space of a building
  3. Within five feet of any combustible exterior wall
  4. Within five feet, vertically or horizontally of an opening in any wall;or
  5. Under any building overhang

Safety begins with education, please make certain all who use the grill are familiar with it's safe operation and never let children use or come to close to a gas fired grill.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer

Please visit our web site for additional information www.trfireprevention.com

Bob Yaiser

Toms River Fire Prevention Bureau

thirdgenerationff July 16, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Wouldn't have anything to do with the people who had the illegal gas grill that caught fire in the Villages Apt complex???
mrbowlingalley July 16, 2012 at 09:29 PM
If you can get it, natural gas grill. Had a few here since 1960 in Toms River. Only way to go!
Carol Aller July 23, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Just curious. Is the Fire Department just as diligent about clamping down on the illegal firworks that are constantly going off in a certain part of town? Especially when there's been a drought and grass was so dry? They are not legal, so where are they coming from? And I'm not talking about little bottle rockets either. These are huge professional type fireworks.

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