BBQ safety

Barbecues have to be one of the best ways of enjoying good weather and socialising with friends and family. When it’s sunny the barbecues always come out and we often see an increase in barbecue-related incidents.

BBQ top tips

Make sure you stay safe this summer time by looking when you cook and following our top safety tips:

  • Never use barbecues or campfires in the countryside as they can easily spread
  • Never leave a barbecue unattended, especially when there are children or pets around
  • Make sure your barbecue is well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste
  • Keep children, garden games and pets well away from the cooking area
  • Only light a barbecue with appropriate fuels, NEVER use petrol or white spirit
  • Always keep water nearby or sand nearby for emergencies
  • Enjoy yourself but don’t drink too much if you are in charge of a barbecue
  • Ensure the barbecue is cool before attempting to move it

If you do use a disposable barbecue:

  • Only use it on an even surface, such as concrete, bricks or paving slabs
  • Place it well away from the house, shed or fences
  • Ensure it has cooled before putting it in the bin. To avoid starting a fire you should allow it to cool for several hours and then consider pouring water over it to make sure it's completely out.