As a nation, we love a good barbeque when the sun comes out and even when it’s not! With hot weather forecast throughout this summer, this is the perfect time for many to enjoy a warm, sunny evening with family and friends around a barbeque.

BBQs are a great way to bring people together and enjoy delicious sizzling grilled food outdoors. However, you will not be surprised to read that barbeques can easily lead to a fire.

Stay barbeque Safe

To help you stay safe during a barbeque, here are some useful tips to follow:

  • Never use a barbeque or fuel-burning equipment indoors, on a balcony or in an enclosed shelter such as a tent.
  • Have a bucket of water or sand nearby in case of an emergency.
  • Position your barbeque on level ground - keep it well away from the house, shed, fences, tents or trees.
  • Never use petrol, paraffin or biofuel to start or revive a barbeque – only use approved barbeque starter fuel or fire-lighters.
  • Never leave a lit barbeque unattended.
  • Keep children, pets and garden games away from the barbeque.
  • If you are using a disposable BBQ, never dispose of your BBQ in a rubbish bin until it has cooled down completely.
  • For charcoal barbecues, never put hot ashes straight into a bin as they could melt the plastic and cause a fire.
  • With gas barbecues, make sure the tap is turned off after cooking and before changing the cylinder. 

We hope you stay safe with your friends and family this summer.

If you would like more information on fire safety, please click here.

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