Barbeques are extremely popular particularly during the warmer months but they can also become potentially dangerous when mixed with carelessness or excessive alcohol. The combination of a party atmosphere, drinks flowing freely, children playing and an open fire can quickly cause a tragic accident. Simple precautions, pre-planning and care, especially regarding young children is vital.
Tips For Having a Safe Barbeque
- Be aware of, and ensure that you comply with, any fire restrictions that may be in place such as Total Fire Bans.
- Ensure that your barbeque is serviced and maintained correctly including scheduled pressure testing of any gas cylinders and checking of the condition of all hoses and connections
- Carry out a check of the cylinder for rust or damage and ensure any connections are correctly tightened on gas barbeques before lighting.
- Always site a barbeque on a firm, level base sheltered from wind gusts and well away from anything flammable like garden sheds, vegetation, fences etc
- Have a garden hose or similar continuous supply of water available at all times
- Follow the manufacturers instructions and use the correct start up and shut down procedures
- Ensure that the lit barbeque is in the care of a responsible adult at all times
- Never put any flammable liquid on a barbeque.
- Keep children away from any lit barbeque and remember to remove and secure any lighters and matches
- Only use a barbeque in a well ventilated area as fumes and gases emitted may be harmful
- If a gas leak does occur shut off the cylinder immediately and allow any gas to dissipate
- Never use petrol or kerosene to start your barbecue - as well as being extremely dangerous, children may be encouraged to copy your actions.
- Keep all flammable liquids away from your barbecue