Barbecue Safety Advice

It's your safety...
Don't use in Enclosed Spaces

Don't use in Enclosed Spaces

Caravans are smaller and more confined than a house so the fire risks can be potentially more hazardous fumes from poor ventilation…

Don't use Indoors

Don't use Indoors

Because it’s raining don’t be tempted to use inside the following fire safety precautions to help ensure you don’t become a statistic…

Don't use in Tents...

Don't use in Tents...

Every year, many people are injured from barbecues or using them as a heater when finished cooking from the fumes they release…

Barbecue Safety Advice

Barbecue and Outdoor activities are often a great way to spend your leisure time but they have their own set of unique fire risks that should not be underestimated. However, some common sense preparation can ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.

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:

General Safety

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.

Charcoal Barbecues

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.

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Caravanning

Caravans are smaller and more confined than a house so the fire risks can be potentially more hazardous.

Countryside

Every year fire is responsible for the destruction of thousands of acres of countryside, open spaces and wildlife habitat.

Cooking

Keep barbecue away from the tent entrance, make certain the grill is stable.

Camping

Allow at least 6 metres (18 feet) spacing between tents, never use barbecues inside a tent.

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If a fire breaks out...

… call the Fire & Rescue Service immediately. When specifying your location, mention any landmarks – perhaps a church or pub – and if phoning from a phone box, stay nearby so you can direct the fire appliances to the scene.

Don’t attempt to fight the fire yourself unless it is very small – grass and crop fires can travel very quickly.

A safe and enjoyable experience

Enjoy your Barbecues safely...

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.

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Camping...

  • 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.
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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.
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Camping advice...

  • 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.

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