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Summer Fire Safety – BBQ Preparation

BBQ with fiery sausages on the grill
Keep safe this summer and follow our BBQ fire safety guide.

The sun is out and it’s time to barbecue, whether you plan to resurrect your old BBQ from the shed or purchase a shiny new one. But before you start grilling, take note of this important BBQ fire safety advice.

Fire Safety Is Key

Before you even light the flames on your BBQ you need to think about a number of factors. Where are you going to place the BBQ? Which fuel are you using (natural gas, charcoal or propane)? How will you extinguish the flames in an emergency?

Where you place your BBQ is really important. Ideally it has to be in a clear space, with no overhanging branches or nearby debris which could potentially catch fire. You should also try and place it out of the wind so there’s no danger of flames being blown on to the chef. It’s also key to ensure that the unit is on solid ground with no risk of tipping or rolling.

Which fuel are you using in your BBQ? Charcoal fires are the most common to cook on during the summer and is in fire pits, BBQ units and disposable BBQs. Make sure that you only use enough charcoal to cover the base of the BBQ and that you only light the BBQ when the coals are cold. Keep excess charcoal in a safe place away from the fire.

If you use a natural gas or propane fuel source there are a number of other factors to consider. Always use a new gas cylinder every summer as cold temperatures during the winter months can damage the casing and remember to change the gas fuel source outdoors or in a very well ventilated area. Before you light your BBQ for the first time take some time to check the gas set-up for leaks – you can do this by brushing soapy water around the joints of the pipe work, if you see any bubbles this indicates a gas leak.

Prepare a bucket of cold water or sand and keep this close to the BBQ during it’s use. If the flames are out of control (and you can’t simply turn off the gas supply) don’t hesitate to douse the flames – even if it means your food will be ruined – as fire safety is alaways paramount.

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