Before lighting the coals, please consider the following safety tips, so any charring remains on your burgers and bangers, and doesn’t spread further!
What NOT to do
- Never use petrol, paraffin or any other flammable liquids on a barbecue, or anywhere near it.
- Never leave the barbecue unattended.
- Avoid drinking too much alcohol when cooking.
- Never put hot ashes straight into a dustbin or wheelie bin – they could melt the plastic and cause a fire.
- Never take a barbecue inside a tent, camper or other enclosed shelter, as this can cause Carbon Monoxide poising.
- Never use a barbecue indoors or under an awning.
- If you live in a flat, do not use a barbecue on a balcony, if a fire develops it could spread to neighbouring balconies and flats.
- Never place a disposable barbecue on a unstable surface, or anything that could catch light (such as grass or wood).
- Never use more charcoal then you need.
- Never be tempted to use a gas barbecue that you think may be faulty or damaged.
- Never smoke while changing your gas.
What TO do
- Make sure the barbecue is in good working order.
- Make sure the barbecue is on a flat site, well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs and garden waste.
- Follow the safety and usage instructions provided.
- Keep children, garden games and pets well away from the cooking area.
- Keep a bucket of water or sand, or garden hose nearby for emergencies.
- Ensure the BBQ is cool before attempting to move it.
- Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues.
- Place disposable barbecues on an even surface using either bricks or paving slabs.
- Use only enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbecue.
- Only use recognised fire lighters or starter fuel, and only on cold coals – use the minimum necessary.
- Ensure the tap is turn off before changing the gas cylinder.
- Change cylinders in well ventilated areas.
- Store gas cylinders outside, away from direct sunlight and frost.
- Take care when turning bottled gas barbecues on and off.
- Make sure all joints are tightened, safe and secure.
- If you suspect a leak, turn off the gas cylinder and try brushing soapy water around all joints, watching for bubbles.
- After cooking, turn the gas supply off first and then the barbecue control. This will stop any gas from leaking.