Summer evenings on holiday are the perfect time to light the barbecue and enjoy some al fresco dining. While this can be a great opportunity to relax and socialise, take care to reduce your fire risks and avoid any accidents that could spoil your holiday.

BBQ

Here are some of the do’s and don’ts of barbecuing to help you to enjoy your holiday barbecues safely this summer.

Do

  • Barbecue at least 10 feet away from your home
  • Ensure children and pets are kept away from the cooking area
  • Keep the barbecue on a flat surface
  • Keep a watering can, fire extinguisher or sand close by
  • Use long tools to barbecue in order to keep hands and clothes away
  • Check for any cracks on the hose attached to the cylinder of a gas barbecue
  • Dispose of ash carefully and after it has fully cooled
  • Ensure the barbecue has cooled down before moving it
  • Check that you’re not contravening any local regulations or byelaws

Don’t:

  • Leave the barbecue unattended
  • Barbecue indoors
  • Use a barbecue inside any structure that could catch fire i.e. a gazebo or tent
  • Ignite the barbecue’s fire with petrol or lighter fuel squeezed from a bottle
  • Overload your grill with food – too much fat dripping onto the flames can cause a flare-up
  • Turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed as it can cause gas to build up inside your grill
  • Drink too much alcohol – keep a clear head if you’re in charge of the barbecue

If you are unsure of what cover you have in place for fire risks, please check your insurance policy document or give us a call.

Keep these tips in mind, be safe and enjoy your holiday barbecues this summer.