Enjoy a Barbecue…
A barbecue should be a safe and enjoyable experience but it’s all too easy to be distracted when you have friends and family around you whilst cooking. To avoid injuries or damage to property, follow these simple precautions:
Make sure your barbecue is in good working order.
Ensure the barbecue is on a flat site, well away from a shed, trees or shrubs.
Keep children, garden games and pets well away from the cooking area.
Never leave the barbecue unattended.
Keep a bucket of water or sand nearby for emergencies.
Ensure the barbecue is cool before attempting to move it.
Use only enough charcoal to cover the base to a depth of about 50mm (2 inches). Only use recognised fire lighters or starter fuel and only on cold coals – use the minimum necessary and never use petrol.
Never put hot ashes straight into a dustbin or wheelie bin – they could melt the plastic and cause a fire.
Bar-Be-Quick Safety Team
Caravans are smaller and more confined than a house so the fire risks can be potentially more hazardous.
Every year fire is responsible for the destruction of thousands of acres of countryside, open spaces and wildlife habitat.
Keep barbecue away from the tent entrance, make certain the grill is stable.
Allow at least 6 metres (18 feet) spacing between tents, never use barbecues inside a tent.
- Keep cookers away from the tent entrance.
- Make certain the cooker is stable, away from draughts and in an area where they will not get knocked over.
- Keep flammables (including long grass) away from the cooking area.
- Avoid using liquid fuel appliances if at all possible.
- Only change disposable gas cylinders when they are completely empty.
Building an open fire...
- Never build a fire where the soil is of peat.
- Build it well away from any tents – especially in windy weather (at least 10 metres).
- Clear the area of grass, leaves and brush away to form a circle of earth around the fire.
- A fire stack should be made so that it will collapse inwards when burning.
- Do not leave the fire unattended and watch for flying embers or sparks.
- Make sure you extinguish the fire before going to bed or when you leave.
- Allow at least 6 metres (18 feet) spacing between tents.
- Never use candles in or near tent – always use a torch.
- Discourage smoking – especially in smaller tents.
- Do not use cooking equipment in smaller tents.
- Ensure everyone knows the location of the nearest telephone and if applicable nearest fire point in case of emergency.