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Top summer safety tips

Nev shares some good advice for enjoying the hot weather.

“I love the summer, warm weather and longer evenings are perfect for Barbecues and camping trips. Here’s some of my top tips to keep you safe in the good weather.

Barbecue safety tips

These are handy things to think about if you’re having a barbecue in your garden

  • Never leave your barbecue unattended.
  • Before lighting it, make sure the barbecue is level and well away from sheds, fences, trees or shrubs.
  • Keep children, garden games and pets well away from the area where you’re cooking.
  • Keep a bucket of water or sand nearby for emergencies.
  • Make sure the barbecue is cool before attempting to move it.
Charcoal Barbecues
  • You don’t need lots of charcoal, you just need to cover the base to a depth of about 50mm (2 inches).
  • Use fire lighters or use the minimum amount of starter fuel before you light the barbecue.
  • If you’re having trouble lighting it, never use petrol!
  • Never put hot ashes straight into a dustbin or wheelie bin – they could melt the plastic and cause a fire.
Gas Barbecues
  • Make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder.
  • Change cylinders outdoors if possible or in a well ventilated area.
  • If you suspect a leak to the cylinder or pipe work, brush soapy water around the joints and watch for bubbles – tighten to fix but do not overtighten.
  • After cooking, turn off the gas cylinder before turning off at the controls to ensure any residual gas in the pipe work is used up.

Disposable barbecues

If you are out and about and use a disposable barbecue here’s some things to think about.

  • It is very important that they are placed on a flat surface on either bricks or paving slabs. As they could set the grass on fire.
  • Before lighting them make sure they are placed well away from houses, sheds or fences.
  • Do not use disposable barbecues near or on public benches.
  • If you’re using a disposable barbecue before you put it in the bin make sure it has fully cooled down. To avoid starting a fire you should allow it to cool for several hours and then consider pouring water over it to make sure it’s out.

Camping and carbon monoxide

Never use anything that burns inside a tent.

Using these indoors can cause Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning which can kill you.

Things such as disposable barbecues give off fumes for hours and hours after you have used them in levels high enough to result in CO poisoning.

To avoid CO exposures, fuel-burning equipment should never be used inside a tent, camper, or other enclosed shelter.

Fuel-burning equipment can include:

  • camping stoves
  • camping heaters
  • lanterns
  • charcoal grills
  • disposable barbecues

Opening tent flaps, doors, or windows is not enough to prevent build-up of CO concentrations from these devices.

“These are just a few things to think of if you are having fun this summer.”

Neville Brown, our senior technical officerNeville.Brown