Important Barbecue Safety Tips – Stay Safe & Enjoy BBQ Season
What would a British summer be without lots of impromptu barbecues? As soon as the sun makes an appearance, people call their family and friends to organise a fun barbecue in the garden and then head to the supermarket to get all the supplies needed for the feast.
Barbecues are lots of fun but they’re also involved in hundreds of accidents that occur in the garden each year. The hotter the summer, the more accidents and this year has been scorching so far! I have a feeling the hot weather and frequent BBQs will continue.
Barbecues should be fun and if you follow simple precautions, they will also be safe. Here are some things that you should always think about when having a barbecue:
- Ensure your BBQ is stable and sturdy as stability is essential for a safe barbecue. Make sure you buy a quality grill from Verellenhc.
- Check that your barbecue is in good condition — especially if you’ve not used in for a while — and check for any loose or damaged parts that might need replacing or repairing. If possible, do this at the start of the season so that you are prepared and ready with a barbecue in good condition for when a perfect BBQ day makes an appearance!
- Choose a good location for your BBQ away from any fences, sheds, overhanging trees and other plants and make sure it’s on level ground. Never light a barbecue in an enclosed space as this can cause Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
- Never pour any accelerants (petrol, meths, other…) onto the barbecue! Some of the most serious barbecue-related accidents happen when people do this and the barbecue ‘explodes’ in their face. This is very dangerous! You just have to be patient when lighting your BBQ.
- Ensure the barbecue is fully extinguished before leaving it at the end of the event!
- Always remember that any metal parts of a barbecue can become very hot so don’t try to move it until it has cooled down completely.
- Take care when getting rid of a disposable barbecue or barbecue coals — they can stay hot for a long time! Ensure they’ve completely cooled down before placing them in a rubbish bin.
Thank you to Corgi HomePlan for sharing these essential BBQ safety tips.
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