Nothing quite says summer like firing up the barbecue and cooking outdoors – but did you know that Scottish Fire and Rescue Service firefighters attend incidents every year where barbecues have gotten out-of-hand?
Whether you are in the garden or out camping, some advise to barbecue safely and avoid injuries, damage to property:
You should place your barbecue on a flat surface, away from fences, trees and sheds
Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby, in case of emergencies
Use only enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbecue to a depth of about five centimetres (two inches)
Never use petrol or paraffin to start, or revive, your barbecue – use only barbecue fire lighters or starter fuel on cold coals
Keep children and pets away from the cooking area
Don’t leave the barbecue unattended
Avoid alcohol if you are in charge of a barbecue
After cooking, make sure the barbecue is cool before trying to move it
Hot ashes can melt a plastic wheelie bin and can also cause a fire
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Your barbecue should be in good working order.
Ensure the tap is off before changing the gas cylinder and do it outdoors or in a well ventilated area.
Make sure all joints are safely and securely tightened.
After cooking, turn the gas supply off first and then the barbeque control. This will stop any gas from leaking.
Read the manufacturer's instructions about how to check for leaks in the cylinder or pipework, e.g. brushing soapy water around all joints and looking for bubbles.
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