Learn some tips on how to keep your family and friends safe this Summer with our BBQ safety advice!
You might have thought that Summer 2020 plans were slowly fading thanks to COVID-19, but with some restrictions reducing, and the governments permitting 'family bubbles', there is no reason why you can't get the barbecue going in this lovely weather!
But before you crack open a beer and pop the Prosecco, you may want some pointers on how you can ensure the safety of those around you, such as your family and friends. Barbecue gas safety is incredibly important as both gas and solid fuel BBQs come with the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Make sure to follow our BBQ safety tips and enjoy your food without any added risks.
BBQ safety checklist
Boiler on the Blink have compiled 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 cabin, a tent or even a caravan, you should never bring a barbecue grill inside. The toxic fumes from the BBQ are and so will be trapped if left inside, causing harm to anyone within the vicinity. 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
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 on 07768 618877 and we can tell you how to do so.
You should always make sure that you completely turn off the gas cylinder before turning off the BBQ controls to ensure that any gas left in the pipeline is used up entirely.
Finally, ensure that you follow and consult the manufacturer’s instructions for specific advice on each appliance.