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Staying barbeque safe

The warm weather is seeing us enjoy more BBQs to get the most out of this summer.

If you’re planning on hosting a garden BBQ, it’s important you remember there are steps to take to keep you and your family safe. We’ve put together some useful tips and a guide, depending on what you use to start up your BBQ for your garden party.

Follow these simple tips for BBQ safety:

  • never use a BBQ indoors or on your balcony
  • position your BBQ on a flat surface, away from anything flammable like fences/trees
  • never leave a lit BBQ unattended
  • keep your BBQ well away from children and play areas. If you have pets who love grilled sausages, you may want to keep them indoors or out of the way

Gas BBQs, ovens and cylinders

As gas BBQs, ovens and cylinders become more popular for outdoor use, it’s important to be safe whilst using them.

Follow these guidelines:

  • most BBQs and ovens now have the clip-on type regulators
  • check all appliances are in good order and hoses are attached and undamaged
  • check that your gas taps (or gas valves) are turned off before changing gas cylinders. Only change the cylinder in the open air
  • change any hoses that show signs of wear, stiffness or cracking
  • signs of a gas leak – if you smell a ‘rotten egg’ it’s most likely an LPG leak

Follow these guidelines for charcoal/real wood BBQs and ovens:

  • Only ever light the BBQ with approved materials or appliances such as BBQ gel, easy light bags, or firelighters. Never use petrol or other accelerants
  • Always keep a bucket of water or sand for emergencies
  • When disposing of BBQs, douse with water, particularly prior to placing them in a bin.

Always ensure there is enough fresh air in the area where the BBQ is being used. Be careful when handling BBQs when you have finished cooking as your BBQ will take some hours to cool and still gives off fumes.

Did you know

  • Fuel sources include natural wood/charcoal and LPG
  • The burning coal produces carbon monoxide which is harmful
  • The unpleasant 'rotten eggs' smell associated with LPG makes it easier to detect, should there be a leak.

For more information on BBQ safety, visit the London Fire Brigade website: