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Make sure your BBQ doesn’t go up in smoke

Eurest | Being safe |  14 May 2015

Make sure your BBQ doesn’t go up in smoke

It’s coming up to BBQ season. The sweet, earthy smell of freshly cut grass and the warmth of the evening sun are enticing you back into your garden. Apron-clad and spatula in hand, you begin the most important job of summer: the job of the BBQ chef. Sausages are sizzled, chicken is chargrilled, burgers are flipped, laughter and drinks run free; it’s the perfect way to spend a summer’s evening.

In amongst the fun in the sun it’s important to stay safe. Now is the perfect time to get prepared.

Here are our top tips for relaxed — and safe — outdoor cooking.
• Make sure your BBQ is in good working order. Time for a late spring clean, perhaps?
• A good BBQ needs space. Put your BBQ on a flat site, well away from a shed, trees or shrubs.
• Sometimes your BBQ is like Greta Garbo: it likes to be left alone. Keep children, garden games and pets well away from the cooking area.
• And yet it likes a faithful companion. Never leave the BBQ unattended.
• Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies. The BBQ (or you) might get too hot.
• Make sure the BBQ is cool before attempting to move it, or clean it.
• A workman is only as good as his tools — make sure you have the right stuff for handling and turning the food once on the BBQ.
• Avoid cross contamination of raw meats with cooked food. Where possible have a raw side for burgers etc going on the grill and a cooked side for meat coming off the grill when ready.

And enjoy a long, lovely summer of the great British BBQ.

Source: Fire Service. (2015). Barbecue Safety. Available: Last accessed 09/04/2015.

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