Stay BBQ safe this summer

Date: 30 June 2021

As we head into the summer months, it’s inevitable that more and more of us will be dusting off our BBQs and heading outside for some al fresco cooking and dining! However, it’s important to be aware of good BBQ practices to keep everyone safe.

 

Setting up and getting started

 

  • Ensure your BBQ is on level ground and away from anything that could catch fire
  • Wear appropriate clothing, avoiding anything too loose or floaty
  • Never have a BBQ on a balcony
  • Have a means of extinguishing a fire in case of an emergency

 

Gas BBQs

 

  • Make sure the appliance controls and cylinder valves are turned off before you change the cylinder
  • Change the cylinder outside in fresh air
  • If you suspect a leak, brush soapy water over the pipe connections and look for bubbles, tighten (but do not over tighten) leaky joints
  • Always ensure the LPG regulator is compatible with the cylinder and appliance
  • Ensure all appliances are turned off at night

 

Charcoal BBQs

 

  • Once you’ve added your charcoal, keep the rest away from the fire 
  • Only use recommended fluids or firelighters - never petrol 
  • Ensure coals are cool before moving the BBQ and empty ash onto garden soil - never into a bin

 

Disposable BBQs

 

  • Consider how you will dispose of your BBQ once you have finished with it 
  • Always ensure your BBQ is fully cooled before disposing of it by pouring cold water on it - BBQs that are still warm and not fully extinguished could reignite and cause a fire
  • Never take a smouldering or lit BBQ into a tent, caravan or cabin

 

For more information, head over to: www.fireservice.co.uk/safety/barbecue/.