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!
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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!
- Barbecue fire safety
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