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Barbecue safely this summer

Nothing says summer quite like a barbecue. Be it sunny skies or most likely rain. While we want you to enjoy the sunshine, it’s worth following these simple precautions to make sure you have a safe experience and avoid injuries or damage to property.

  • Make sure your barbecue is in good working order
  • Make sure it is on a flat site, far away from the house, sheds, hedges, fences, trees or shrubs
  • Keep children and pets well away from the cooking area
  • Do not leave a barbecue unattended
  • Keep a bucket of water or sand nearby for emergencies
  • Make sure the barbecue is cool before you attempt to move it
  • When you have finished your barbecue, pour water on to the embers as, even though they may look like they are fully extinguished, barbecues can remain hot for some time.
  • Only use recognised fire lighters or starter fuel and only on cold coals – use the minimum necessary and never use petrol.
  • Never put hot ashes straight into your dustbin or wheelie bin – they could melt the plastic and cause a fire.

Gas barbecues

  • Make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder.
  • Change cylinders outdoors if possible or in a well-ventilated area.
  • If you suspect a leak to the cylinder or pipe work, brush soapy water around the joints and watch for bubbles – tighten to fix but do not overtighten.
  • After cooking, turn off the gas cylinder before turning off at the controls to make sure any residual gas in the pipe work is used up.

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