BBQ safety for charcoal or gas barbecues
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Tips for keeping safe from fire whilst enjoying your barbecue

General do's and don'ts when using a barbecue

  • 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 could kill you
  • keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby in case of emergencies
  • set up your barbecue on level ground away from bushes, fences, tents or other structures
  • leave plenty of room around your barbecue, so you don't have to squeeze past it
  • 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


For gas barbecue users

  • make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder, do it outside in the open air or in a well ventilated place
  • when you've finished cooking, turn off the gas cylinders before you turn off the barbecue controls, this will use up any gas in the pipeline
  • 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, tighten it gently. Do not over-tighten
  • store gas cylinders outside, away from frost and direct sunlight