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Handy Hints for a Safe BBQ

Handy Hints for a Safe BBQ

Thousands of us enjoy cooking outside during the summer but every year many people end up visiting hospital as a result of a BBQ accident.

Our Health and Safety Team has passed on a few simple tips to reduce the risk to your family and friends.

Statistics show that the most common types of barbecue-related accidents are burns, scalds and cuts with the vast majority of accidents happening in a home setting.

Some of the accidents lead to very serious burns, usually as a result of using an accelerant such as petrol to light the fuel.  Just a few simple precautions can make a big difference.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) advises that BBQ lovers should take the following precautions:

  • When choosing a barbecue, ensure it is strong and sturdy
  • Consider the location - level ground, away from fences, not close to property, sheds or overhanging trees, which have been known to catch fire
  • Never light a barbecue in an enclosed space
  • Particular care should be taken in hot, dry weather to reduce the risk of starting a forest or grass fire
  • Never pour petrol or other accelerants onto a barbecue.  Some of the most serious barbecue-related accidents happen when people do this and the barbecue 'explodes' in their face
  • Use long-handled tools
  • Remember that the metal parts of a barbecue can become hot - don't try to move it until it has cooled down
  • Don't leave children unsupervised near a barbecue
  • Make sure the barbecue is fully extinguished before you leave it
  • Take care when getting rid of a disposable, or barbecue coals - ensure they have cooled down before placing them in a metal bin.


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