Posted on 29 May 2019
As the days start getting longer and we start thinking about ceremoniously removing the cover off the BBQ and firing up the grill, here are some easy-to-follow tips that will keep you and your family safe:
- Have fire extinguisher close to hand and know how to use it. You also need to know how to cut the gas supply, and it's a good idea to know how to treat a burn.
- Put your BBQ in a safe place. Choose an open space away from trees, fences or buildings and where children are not playing nearby.
- Don't cook in communal areas. Have your BBQs in a private space, away from neighbours.
- Don’t leave your BBQ unattended while there are flames or if the grill is still hot.
- Smoke can get in hair, clothes, eyes and lungs but also contains carbon monoxide and other dangerous substances, so it's best to keep your distance whenever possible.
- Wash your hands before preparing food, after touching raw meat and before eating.
- Grilling gloves and utensils with a long handle will keep arms and hands safe from flames.
- Check food is cooked: Ideally burgers, chicken and sausages should be tested with a meat thermometer before eating and no pink meat should be visible. Serve food steaming hot.
- After you have finished cooking, check the charcoal is cold or the gas has been turned off.
- London Fire Brigade advises not to use BBQs (including disposables) on balconies or indoors: Make sure you store your BBQ in a safe, dry place and not on your balcony.
See more advice on safer BBQs from London Fire Brigade.