Safety tips for a BBQ
It is that time of year again when we all want to have an outdoor BBQ.
Next weekend is a double whammy as we have the Royal Wedding and also we have the FA Cup final on the same day. So a good reason to celebrate
No doubt many of you will be arranging a BBQ for family and friends and below are some tips to make sure the BBQ is safe and everyone has a great time
To make sure everyone has a great time the following tips should be noted
- Make sure you never leave the BBQ unattended even for second to answer the door. In face make sure someone has the job of answering the door!
- The BBQ should be placed on a flat site and not near your shed, trees, or bushes
- Children must be kept away from the BBQ – so why not have an area for the children to keep them amused while you cook the food
- Keep all pets indoors
- Make sure you have a bucket of water near the BBQ in the event of an emergency. Better still get a bucket of sand
- Never move the BBQ until it is cool
Are you going to use a disposable BBQ?
There are many of these types of BBQ on the market and more and more people are using them but again please note the following
Again as for a main BBQ follow the same rules plus:
- Make sure the disposal BBQ is not near any public benches
- If you live in a flat DO NOT have a BBQ on the balcony. This not not only dangerous but you could find the building insurance would not cover it.
- The disposal BBQ must have cooled sufficiently before you place it in a bin. It is vital you allow it to cool for a few hours – so leave out overnight. A good tip is to pour water over it to make sure it is 101% out.
Do you have a charcoal BBQ?
- You must make sure you only use enough charcoal to cover the base to a depth of approx. 2 inches
- Never light the BBQ with petrol and only use named brands for fire lighters or the starter fuel and only on cold coals
- Never put hot ashes straight into a 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
- After cooking, turn off the gas cylinder before turning off at the controls as this will ensure that any of the remaining residual gas to the pipe work is used up.
Fire safety general advice
- Never leave the BBQ unattended
- Never overload your grill with food. This is essential if you have fatty meats as if too much fat drips on to the flames at once it cause a flare up and could set fire to nearby areas.
- Never use your grill indoors
- Read your BBQ manual before the day – always follow the correct operating procedures of your grill before you start. Also make sure the grill is assembled correctly and all parts are secure before you start.
- Make sure you have grilling gloves and also several utensils with long handles. It is vital you keep your hands and arms safe when dealing with the excess heat and flames. Do not wear loose or hanging clothing which could come into contact with the flames.
If you are having a BBQ I hope you have a fantastic time and above all remain safe.