With the weather slowly getting warmer and brighter, many people are undoubtedly thinking about their first BBQ of the summer. With the amount of barbecue accidents increasing year upon year, we feel like we have an obligation to try and provide a bit of information on how to keep everything as safe as possible.
Right now you’re probably thinking “killjoys want to ruin barbecuing for me”. Not at all, we aren’t here to condemn BBQ’s (see Chinese article) or anything of the sort; we just want to raise a bit of awareness about how to stay safe and enjoy yourself.
Hopefully you’ve already checked out part 1 of our BBQ safety guide – if you haven’t just click here and give it a read through. Not only have we explained the first four extremely important safety tips, but we’ve also covered a few statistics which will be quite eye-opening and will probably make you realise just how dangerous barbecues can be… What we’re saying is, READ IT ALL. We don’t want anyone getting injured at your barbecues.
General Safety Tips Continued…
Anyway, enough waffling, let’s get on with some more tips… Starting at #5:
5) Ensure you’re prepared for emergencies. It’s not nice to think about things taking a turn for the worst, but sometimes it needs to be taken into account in order to prevent problems from escalating into something far more dangerous. If your barbecue gets out of hand (which isn’t unheard of) it can lead to people acting frantically and panicking – which is not what you want in an emergency. Instead, prepare for this by having a bucket of sand or water nearby (a hose will even suffice if you’re in the garden) just so you have a method of controlling / extinguishing the flames if it comes down to it.
6) Let the barbecue fully cool down before putting it away or moving it. Yes, we know, we sound like your parents nagging you about things which are trivial and obvious; but if we can save people from burning themselves and incurring injuries, we’ll nag 24/7. So basically, don’t move the barbecue until it’s had a sufficient amount of time to cool down and isn’t hot to the touch. If you have to move it the entire length of the garden, make sure it’s cooled down enough to do so; otherwise you’ll find yourself stuck halfway with hands that are on fire.
7) Don’t rush things – take time to prepare. Where possible try and organise barbecues in advance so you’re allowed more time for preparation and ensuring everything is ready. Whilst spontaneous, spur of the moments BBQ’s are fine, make sure you don’t rush them because you and your friends are hungry. Run through all the normal things you would and ensure everything is safe before continuing with the barbecue; it pays off to take things slowly…
8) NEVER light a barbecue indoors or bring one inside after use. Hopefully the majority of people are aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning that can arise from barbecues being in confined spaces. However, because not everyone is informed about things like this – always leave your BBQ’s in a wide open space with a lot of ventilation, even after use. People do make the mistake of thinking once a barbecue has been extinguished that they’re safe; sadly, however, this is not the case. In 2012 a young girl died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning inside a tent after a barbecue was brought inside for extra warmth – all precautions should be taken to avoid situations like this ever arising again.
So far this has been a collection of the main safety tips for barbecue events. If you have any more you’d like to add, please chip in and let us know, as there’s always things people haven’t thought about (including us!) Join in the discussion over on our Google Plus Page