Find out how to stay safe this Summer with our BBQ safety advice!
It's Summer time, people! And while 2020 Summer plans might have been up in the air all thanks to the Coronavirus, that won't stop us from having our garden barbecue when the weather's right!
However, just because you might be having a fun BBQ party in your garden, doesn't mean that you can forget about gas safety. If you’re using a BBQ there are a number of precautions that you need to take in order to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you, such as your family and friends. Barbecue safety is really important because both gas and solid fuel BBQs come with the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Follow our BBQ safety tips and enjoy your food without any added risks.
BBQ safety checklist
Bog Standard Plumbing have come up with a checklist that you can follow, so that you can remain aware of the essential safety measures that you must take when cooking a on a barbecue.
You must never use a BBQ indoors
Whether you're in a tent, caravan or even a small cabin, you should never bring a barbecue grill inside. As the fumes from the BBQ are toxic, leaving it anywhere indoors can trap the toxic fumes inside, causing harm to those inside. Even when you have finished cooking with it a barbecue can still give off fumes that can result in carbon monoxide poisoning.
Keep the cooking area a distance from bedrooms or sleeping areas
If you keep a barbecue too close to the areas where people sleep, then this could result in carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning:
- Collapsing / loss of consciousness
- Always use your BBQ in accordance with the operating instructions.
Gas BBQ maintenance tips
If you’re using a gas BBQ here are some additional safety tips to keep you safe while cooking. Note that these tips can also be applied to other gas devices like a camping stove, light, or heaters.
- Before you use a BBQ always check it is in good working order. If you do not know how to check this then call one of our Gas Safe registered engineers via 0330 113 2248 and we can tell you how to do so.
- When changing your gas cylinder, make sure that you always turn off the gas taps, and always change the cylinder in the open air
- Do not over-tighten joints
- Always turn off the gas cylinder before turning off the BBQ controls to ensure that any gas left in the pipeline is used up entirely
- Ensure that you follow and consult the manufacturer’s instructions for specific advice on each appliance