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.
- 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.