BBQ Tips


Charcoal Barbecues

  • 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 – they could melt the plastic and cause a fire.


Caravans are smaller and more confined than a house so the fire risks can be potentially more hazardous. It is essential that you install a smoke alarm to give early warning of a fire and follow these precautions to reduce your risks:

  • On a caravan site, find out what the firefighting arrangements are
  • Never leave children alone in a caravan – they are particularly vulnerable
  • A fully charged water or dry powder fire extinguisher should be located in the caravan near an exit door and a fire blanket should be adjacent to the cooking area
  • Keep a torch handy for emergencies – never use candles
  • Make sure everyone knows how to operate escape windows and doors
  • Keep gas cylinders outside the caravan unless a special ventilated compartment is provided.

General Safety

  • Make sure your barbecue is in good working order
  • Ensure the barbecue is on a flat site, well away from a shed, trees or shrubs
  • Keep children, garden games and pets well away from the cooking area
  • Never leave the barbecue unattended
  • Keep a bucket of water or sand nearby for emergencies
  • Ensure the barbecue is cool before attempting to move it.
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Gas Barbecues

  • Make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder
  • Change cylinders outdoors if possible 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 – tighten to fix but do not overtighten
  • After cooking, turn off the gas cylinder before turning off at the controls to ensure any residual gas in the pipe work is used up.


Every year, many people are injured from fire whilst camping. The following fire safety precautions will help ensure you don’t become one of them:

  • Allow at least 6 metres (18 feet) spacing between tents
  • Never use candles in or near a tent – always use a torch
  • Discourage smoking – especially in smaller tents
  • Do not use cooking equipment in smaller tents
  • Ensure everyone knows the location of the nearest telephone and if applicable nearest fire point in case of emergency.

Enjoy your BQQ!