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BBQ Tips

Safety

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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.
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Caravanning

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.
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General BBQ 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.
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Camping

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!

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