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In the garden

Barbecue Safety

*Don't cook if you're affected by alcohol or prescription drugs.

*Never leave barbecues unattended.

*Never take a barbecue of any kind, or lit charcoal into an enclosed space like a tent or awning. The carbon monoxide it gives off can be lethal. See the CO-Awareness carbon monixide safety poster for more information (opens new window)

*Make sure that your barbecue is in good working order.

*Keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby in case of emergencies.

*Only use barbecues in suitable and safe areas.

*Set up your barbecue on level ground away from bushes, tents or other buildings and do not put it where you have to squeeze past it.

*Put about 5 cm of charcoal in the barbecue, keep the rest away from the fire.

*Only use recommended fluids or fire lighters and never petrol.

*Wear suitable clothing and use appropriate long handled tools.

*Be careful when cooking fatty foods, the dripping fat can cause the barbecue to flare up.

*Make sure the coals are cool before you move the barbecue. Once cool, dispose of the ashes safely - never place them in dustbins.

*Keep young children, animals and ball games away from the cooking area.


Gas Barbecues


Enjoy yourself, but too much alcohol and fire don't mix!

*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 cylinders before you turn off the barbecue controls, to ensure any gas in the pipeline is used up.

*If you have a protective cover for your BBQ ensure that the unit is completely cool before covering and storing away.

*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 overtighten.


Storing Gas Cylinders

*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.

*Do not keep more spare gas cylinders than you need.


Garden Appliances

*When buying electrical garden (or DIY) tools, look for the kite mark.

*Check cables and flexes regularly for frays and kinks.

*Check plugs to make sure they are firmly wired and not damaged.

*Replace damaged flex or plugs.

*Use a residual current device (RCD) or power breaker on all appliances.

*Fully unwind extension leads before use.