Summer’s a time for relaxing and enjoying the fine weather (while it lasts), but that doesn’t mean you can forget about gas safety. If you’re using a BBQ, whether in the back garden or when you’re on holiday, there are things you need to know to keep yourself and others safe. Barbecue safety is really important because both gas and solid fuel BBQs come with the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if not maintained or used correctly.Gas, charcoal and disposable BBQs are safe when used responsibly and our BBQ safety tips are designed to ensure you stay safe. Follow our BBQ safety tips and enjoy your al fresco cooking without any risks (except for a bit of overindulging!).
The following BBQ safety advice contains all the essential points to keep in mind when cooking with a BBQ:
If you’re using a gas BBQ here are some additional safety tips to keep you safe while cooking. These tips can also be applied to other gas devices like a camping stove, light, or heater:
Liquid petroleum gas (LPG) powered products are a feature of many summers, taken along on camping trips, to festivals, or keeping you warm on the patio in the evening. You can find out more safety advice on LPG equipment here.
If your landlord provides a gas BBQ at your rental property, it will need to be checked as part of the Landlord Gas Safety Check Certificate. If it is not provided by your landlord then you, as the owner, are responsible for ensuring the safety of the BBQ.
The risks of ignoring BBQ safety are real and can have devastating consequences. Roland Wessling and his partner Hazel Williams were on a camping trip, and after cooking on a charcoal BBQ they allowed it to cool before bringing it into their tent for the night. Hazel died from carbon monoxide poisoning and Roland suffered severe health complications that nearly killed him.
You can read more about Roland’s story here.
Learn more about Carbon Monoxide Awareness at the Gas Safe Charity CO Project – Think CO video on YouTube
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