As the weather is getting warmer and we start thinking about 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:
- London Fire Brigade advises not to use BBQ's (including disposables) on balconies or indoors: Make sure you store your BBQ in a safe, dry place and not on your balcony.
- Have a fire extinguisher close to hand and know how to use it. You also need to know how to cut the gas supply.
- 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 BBQ 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 checked 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.