7 Summer Safety Tips For Your Garden BBQ
Summer is officially here. Nevertheless, Britain does seem to have a love/hate relationship with the Summer months as they can often become a wash out. However, if that elusive sunshine starts blazing down on us why not venture out into the garden and start up that barbecue. Of course, here at Home Secure we have a few tips for you to keep yourself safe whilst you enjoy that tasty BBQ burger!
Playing With Fire
Anything that involves fire and gas is a recipe for disaster. It has been shown that the most common type of injury when it comes to accidents involving barbecues are burns, scalds and other injuries related to fire or flame. Unsurprisingly, most of the barbecue related accidents occur in a home setting, specifically the garden.
Backyard barbecues play a major part in many people’s Summer experiences. They bring friends, family and neighbours together. However, please be careful when operating an outdoor barbecue, the results could be deadly.
Tips For A Safe Summer BBQ
- Did you know that not cleaning your barbecue of its excess grease can cause a major fire hazard? Unclean BBQ’s that have old deposits of grease and fat will add fuel to a fire. Make sure you clean your barbecue regularly.
- Do not set up your BBQ on unsteady ground. Keep it on a flat surface away from any flammable objects. Keep it away from trees, foliage etc and don’t set it up near wooden fences or sheds.
- If you are using a gas barbecue make sure you have switched off the gas when not in use. Don’t turn on the gas whilst the lid is still closed. This will just build up a huge ball of gas underneath and when you light it it will result in a fireball!
- A fire can spread at an alarming rate. It takes a matter of seconds for a fire to become uncontrollable. Make sure you have bottles/buckets of water nearby so if a fire does break out you can quench it immediately. If you have a fire extinguisher at home keep it nearby and make sure you know how to use it!
- Make sure you know what extinguisher’s are best for certain fires. Different fire extinguishers have different qualities. For instance a C02 fire extinguisher is best used on electrical appliance fires whereas a foam fire extinguisher is best for liquid fires involving petrol etc.
- If you do not have or want a fire extinguisher then a fire safety blanket is a great option for BBQ fires as well as most other household fires also. It’s designed to be thrown over the flames so that it will subdue the fire and starve it of oxygen.
- If you have a small disposable BBQ do not be tempted to set it up in doors! Barbecues are designed to be used outdoors as they can give off certain amounts of carbon monoxide, if this gas builds up inside your home it can be deadly. Make sure your disposable barbecue is outside, even after you have used it. It will continue to give off carbon monoxide until it becomes completely cold. Think about installing a carbon monoxide detector inside your home.
Stay safe when enjoying the Summer months. If you do happen to be involved in or around a fire hazard when attending a barbecue then we would strongly advise you to call the fire services as soon as it happens.