Brilliant barbecues (BBQs)

It’s great to get out in the fresh air and spend time cooking up a feast. However, BBQs can be dangerous if not handled correctly, so it’s important to keep safety in mind, especially when children and pets are involved.

Safety tips

  • Never use a BBQ, including disposable ones, indoors or on your balcony
  • Be careful where you position your BBQ –we suggest on level ground, well away from anything flammable like sheds, fences, trees or tents
  • Don’t use petrol, paraffin or any flammable liquids on your BBQ
  • Carefully supervise children – little ones can all too easily trip and fall, while older children might hurt themselves trying to help
  • Be pet-aware – dogs (and some cats!) love to snaffle sausages and can cause accidents getting under your feet. To be really safe, keep Fido indoors, or at least out of the way of the immediate vicinity of the BBQ
  • Never leave a BBQ unattended
  • If using a charcoal BBQ only use enough charcoal to cover the base to a depth of about 50mm (two inches).
  • If using a gas BBQ:
    • make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder
    • after cooking, turn off the gas cylinder before turning off at the controls to ensure any residual gas in the pipe work is used up.

Did you know?

BBQs can stay hot for hours, so be really careful moving them. They also give off carbon monoxide fumes for several hours after they go out, so don’t take them indoors with you.  When you have finished, make sure your BBQ is properly extinguished and never put ash in a dustbin even if it seems to have gone cold.  It’s also a good idea to keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby in case of an emergency.