The Summer most definitely calls for a lovely barbecue; the season just isn’t complete without one. However, every year with this comes barbecue fires and related injuries.
Before polishing your barbecue grill which has been sitting away for months, or head out to grab a disposable barbecue, read our hottest barbecue safety tips…
Charcoal Barbecue Safety
- Do not use flammable liquids like petrol to encourage the fire to start or grow as this can put everyone in high risk of having to face an uncontrollable fire.
- Check that your barbecue is sturdy and place it on a flat ground to avoid it from falling over. If your barbecue is not be steady, avoid using.
- Have a garden hose, bucket of water or sand at the ready in case of a fire emergency. These will help in preventing a charcoal barque fire in growing.
Gas Barbecue Safety
- Should you suspect a gas leak from your gas barbecue grill, avoid using the barbecue grill.
- As obstruction in the path of the fuel is the number one cause for gas barbecue fires, regularly inspect your gas grill for any problems behind, underneath and inside. Insects are are able to crawl into the grill causing gas to flow where it shouldn’t be.
- Position it in a steady position. If the gas barbecue grill still seems unsteady, avoid using the barbecue.
- Ensure your gas barbecue grill has been correctly correctly service and all joints on the grill are tightened and secure.
Disposable Barbecue Safety
- Before lighting the disposable barbecue and placing down your snacks, ensure the disposable barbecue is not place on anything flammable as the foil base can get very hot, very quickly.
- Allow the disposable barbecue to cool down for a few hours before moving it or disposing of it. It can cause the bin to melt if disposed immediately.
- Follow the instructions on the disposable barbecue carefully and only use the charcoal and lighter blocks to help start the fire.
- Do not, in any circumstances, use flammable liquids such as petrol or spirit to encourage the fire to grow.
Things to remember whether using a charcoal, gas or disposable barbecue:
- Allow the charcoal and ashes to cool down for a few hours before disposing of them into a wheelie bin or dustbin as this can lead to the plastic melting and cause a fire.
- Do not allow yourself to get distracted from family or friends whilst cooking.
- Never leave the barbecue unattended.
- If you suspect a fault in the barbecue, do not chance it and avoid using it.
- Avoid wearing loose clothing when handling a barbecue.
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