A BBQ can be a great time for friends and family to get together and enjoy each other’s company. There is great food, great company (and with any luck some great weather!)
While we all want to relax during this time, there are a few things to be aware of. It is important to be mindful when using your barbecue to ensure the safety of you and others around you. Here are a few BBQ safety tips to be aware of.
Stay Aware, Stay safe
One of the most important is to not leave the barbecue unattended. This is especially true if you have pets that could accidentally knock it over or if you have children in the garden. If you have a gate then you should have it shut so that you can provide a barrier. It is easy to get distracted by grabbing a drink or talking to a friend, but ideally you should keep your focus on your cooking.
Before you even start cooking you have to be aware of your environment and how you are using your barbecue. When using a barbecue it should be on a flat surface and it should only be moved after it has been cooled. Make sure you have a bucket of sand or water so you are prepared for a fire. With a disposable barbecue, keep it away from any wood (for example a public bench). Always check that a disposable barbecue has been fully cooled down before you dispose of it in the trash.
How to Dispose of a BBQ Safely
Never dispose of hot ashes or charcoal in a garbage can. As with disposable barbecues, there is the risk that these could start a fire by melting the plastic in the garbage bags. Make sure you don’t use inappropriate fuels such as lighter fluid. When camping, any cooking should be done outside of the tent as this can increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Responsible disposal is especially important here- if you can’t see a place to dispose of your charcoal, barbecue etc then just take your garbage home in a bag and dispose of it when you get back.
These are just a few examples of BBQ safety to be aware of. As with any fire safety, keeping a reasonable distance, wearing protective clothing and using common sense will prevent accidents. While a BBQ is great fun, we always want to ensure that people stay safe.