BBQ safety tips
Written by Ellie Hughes, marketing campaign manager
There’s nothing like a sunny day to draw you out to the garden, balcony or a nearby outside space. But just because you’re outdoors doesn’t mean there’s not a risk of fire.
Here’s six things you can do to reduce risks in your outdoor space:
- Never store anything flammable on a balcony.
- Clear any clutter.
- Move sheds or storage boxes away from your home.
- Get rid of any damaged or broken outdoor furniture.
- Make sure nothing’s propped up against your home.
- Always put cigarettes right out and dispose of them properly.
A BBQ is a great summer activity, but it’s also easy to get distracted and forget the safety risks. To avoid accidents, follow these simple steps:
- Never use a BBQ, fire pit or chimenea indoors or on a balcony.
- Check your BBQ is in good working order before you use it.
- Place your BBQ on a flat surface, well away from sheds, trees, shrubs or anything flammable.
- Keep children, garden games and pets well away from the cooking area.
- Never leave the BBQ unattended.
- Keep a bucket of water or sand nearby for emergencies.
- Make sure the BBQ is cool before attempting to move it.
What if I’m using a charcoal BBQ?
- Only use enough charcoal to cover the BBQ base to a depth of about 5 cm or 2 inches.
- Make sure you’re using cold coals before you light the BBQ.
- Use a recognised fire lighter or starter fuel, using only the minimum amount necessary.
- Never use petrol on the BBQ.
- Never put hot ashes straight into a dustbin or wheelie bin – they could melt the plastic and cause a fire.
What if I’m using a gas BBQ?
- Make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder.
- Always change the gas cylinder outdoors or in a well ventilated area.
- If you suspect a leak to the gas cylinder or pipe work, brush soapy water around the joints and watch for bubbles – if you spot bubbles try tightening the joint to stop the leak, but don’t overtighten it.
- After cooking, turn off the gas cylinder before turning the BBQ off at the controls so any gas left in the pipes is used up.