Barbecue Safety


Allow a barbecue

Do's and Don'ts 

The summer months and the school holidays present a great opportunity for families to relax, have fun and perhaps try some new activities. For most of us the summer will pass without incident because we continue to take sensible precautions even when we are relaxing. When the sun shines it is tempting to fire up the Barbecue, below are some tips to help you remain safe when having a Barbeque. 


  • Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues. 
  • Make sure your barbeque is well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste
  • Use enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbeque but no more
  • Consider the effect of strong winds when positioning and lighting your barbeque, strong winds could enlarge / fan flames unexpectedly 
  • Keep children, pets and garden games away from the cooking area
  • Keep a bucket of water, sand or garden hose nearby for emergencies
  • Enjoy yourself, but don't drink too much alcohol if you are in charge of the barbecue
  • Allow a barbeque to cool for 24 hours prior to storing 


  • Leave a lit barbecue unattended 
  • Use a barbecue indoors or in a tent
  • Empty ashes into dustbins or wheelie bins. If they are hot they can melt the plastic and cause fire
  • Use petrol or paraffin to start or revive your barbeque




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