Many people participate in hosting or attending barbecues however we need to be aware of the potential dangers that can arise. Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service are determined to assist with providing the safety advice below to keep the public safe when enjoying barbecue events.
Always remember to keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby for emergencies whilst at your BBQ event. Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service have created a short video detailing safety tips for BBQ’s below:
How to barbecue safely
- Never leave a barbecue unattended
- Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues
- Make sure your barbecue is well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste
- Use enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbecue, but not more
- Keep children, pets and garden games away from the cooking area
- After cooking, make sure the barbecue is cool before moving it
- Empty ashes onto bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins
- Enjoy yourself, but don’t drink too much alcohol if you are in charge of the barbecue
- Never use a barbecue indoors because of the amount of Carbon Monoxide (CO) gas they emit
- Never store gas cylinders under the stairs
- When using a gas barbecue, remember to turn the gas supply off first and then the barbecue control
Be carbon monoxide aware
- Never use disposable barbecues, camping stoves, camping heaters, lanterns, or charcoal grills or disposable barbecues inside as using these indoors can cause CO poisoning
- Fumes can still be present many hours after you have used them – levels high enough to result in CO poisoning
- Opening tent flaps, doors or windows is insufficient to prevent the build-up of CO concentrations from these devices
Visit our avoiding fires in the home page for advice on how to check your home. You can download a checklist and find out how to apply for a visit should you need more help.
The Government website has a useful information ‘Fire safety outdoors’ leaflet you can download and display.