National BBQ Week

It’s National BBQ Week! Time to dust off your garden grills and invite family and friends over to celebrate all things bright and barbecue. That said, it’s important to take into consideration the following safety tips before you get started.

  • Make sure you choose a safe place to set up your BBQ. Ideally in an area with open space around it, so you can get adequate fresh air to avoid the fumes.
  • If you are using a disposable BBQ, place it on a flat surface when lit and keep it clear of any trees, shrubs or plants incase they ignite.
  • Keep a close eye on the kids at all times and ensure you warn them of the dangers of getting too close.
  • Always keep a bucket of water close by, so in the case of an emergency you can act quickly.
  • If you have a gas BBQ, ensure the gas taps are turned off before changing the gas cylinder and again, make sure you are in an open space when doing this.
  • Avoid taking a lit BBQ  inside even when it’s been extinguished, especially in a tent or caravan. The smouldering coals of a barbecue release poisonous carbon monoxide (CO), which can kill.
  • Be aware of the symptoms of CO poisoning. They are similar to flu-like symptoms such as nausea, headache, breathlessness or dizziness.  
  • If you’re off on a camping or caravanning holiday, it may be worth investing in a carbon monoxide alarm to take with you to alarm you of any CO dangers.