BBQ safety

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Please note: This safety advice is offered as guidance only. If in doubt, Get out, Stay out and get the Fire and Rescue Service out!

Having a barbecue should be a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. But cooking over hot coals can be hazardous.

It's easy to be distracted when you have family and friends around you whilst cooking.

  • Make sure that your barbecue is in good working order
  • Keep a bucket of water, a bucket of sand or a garden hose nearby in case of emergencies
  • Make sure your barbecue site is flat and well away from sheds, fences,
    trees and shrubs
  • Use only enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbecue to a depth
    of about 50mm (two inches)
  • Keep children, garden games and pets well away from the cooking area
  • Never leave the barbecue unattended
  • When you've finished cooking, make sure the barbecue is cool before
    trying to move it. Empty ashes onto bare garden soil
  • Never put ashes straight into a dustbin or wheelie bin. If they're hot, they
    can melt the plastic and cause a fire

Remember - Barbecues should never be lit indoors!


Gas barbecues

Do's and don'ts

  • Bottled gas barbecues need special care when being turned on and off
  • Make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder
  • Change gas cylinders in the open air if possible, or open doors and windows to provide good ventilation
  • When you’ve finished cooking, turn off the gas cylinder before the barbecue controls, to ensure any gas in the pipeline is used up
  • Do not overload sockets

If you suspect a leak to the gas cylinder or pipe work:

  • Brush soapy water around all joints and watch for bubbles
  • If you find a leaky joint, try to tighten it
  • But do not over tighten

Storing Gas cylinders

Do's and don'ts

  • Do not keep more spare gas cylinders than you need
  • Store gas cylinders outside
  • Keep gas cylinders away from frost and direct sunlight
  • Never store gas cylinders under the stairs of your home - if you are upstairs this is your means of escape from a fire

Enjoy yourself, but remember - too much alcohol and fire never mix!

Further information

Community Fire Safety

Telephone: 01743 260 200