Posted by: David Cant | June 9, 2010

Barbeque Health and Safety Tips

Wishing you a happy BBQ season from expert health and safety consultants – at last the Summer is here!!! Please enjoy the summer and upcoming World Cup safely when barbecuing.

For your ease and comfort, we have included some helpful advice and tips for you.

  • General Safety
  • Make sure your barbecue is in good working order.
  • Follow the instructions provided with your barbecue carefully.
  • Ensure the barbecue is on a flat site, well away from a shed, trees or shrubs.
  • Keep children, garden games and pets well away from the cooking area.
  • Never leave the barbecue unattended.
  • Ensure food is cooked thoroughly before serving.
  • Keep a bucket of water or sand nearby for emergencies.
  • Ensure the barbecue is cool before attempting to move it or place the cover on.
  • Charcoal Barbecues
  • Use only enough charcoal to cover the base to a depth of about 50mm (2 inches).
  • Only use recognised fire lighters or starter fuel and only on cold coals – use the minimum necessary and 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, 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.
  • when you move or re-connect the barbecue tighten to fix but do not overtighten all gas connections. Allways perform a leak test.
  • 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.

We hope you enjoy the barbecue season & World Cup during 2010 and wish you a Safe & Happy Cooking.


  1. One of world’s biggest fire losses took place at the Ford factory warehouse in Cologne, Germany in 1977. Your readers may be interested to watch a short documentary I subsequently wrote and directed, ‘Burning Questions’, that investigated whether the rules about sprinklers in high-rise warehouses had been adequate. It can now be freely viewed on my YouTube channel at

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