BBQ season is almost upon us. When it comes to enjoying a BBQ in the sunshine, it is important to follow the safety guidelines for the specific type of BBQ you choose to use.
Disposable BBQs have become more popular in recent years. If you do use a disposable BBQ, it is imperative that it is placed on an even surface, on either bricks or paving slabs and located well away from surrounding buildings and public benches. If you’re using a disposable BBQ, ensure it has cooled thoroughly before putting it in the bin. To avoid starting a fire you should allow it to cool for several hours and even then, consider pouring water over it to make sure it’s out.
Use only enough charcoal to cover the base to a depth of about 50mm (2 inches). Only use recognised fire lighters or starter fuel and only on cold coals; use the minimum necessary and never use petrol. Never put hot ashes straight into a dustbin or wheelie bin as they could melt the plastic and start a fire.
Ensure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder and always change cylinders outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. If you suspect a leak to the cylinder or pipe work, brush soapy water around the joints and watch for bubbles, then tighten to fix but do not overtighten. After cooking, turn off the gas cylinder before switching off at the controls to ensure any residual gas in the pipe work is used up.
Here are some top tips to keep in mind when using any type of BBQ equipment.
By following these tips, you can enjoy a safe and enjoyable BBQ this summer.
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