What’s an Australian summer without having a BBQ? It’s a tradition that all Australians enjoy.
It can also be a fire hazard. Here are 5 ways to make a BBQ safer if you’re grilling kebabs, pork belly skewers, garlic butter lobster tails or the classic snag.
1. Thoroughly Inspect Before Use
If you own a gas BBQ, and it’s been a while since you last fired it up, you should check the gas hose first for any leaks.¹ Make sure your BBQ is in good working order and that it is clean to prevent unwanted fires caused by residue oil, leaves or other matter.
2. Keep a Fire Extinguisher Nearby
Flare-ups occur when grease build up gets out of control. People can panic and throw water onto the flames. This, however, intensifies the fire and spreads the grease. Throw salt, baking soda or sand onto the flames to smother the fire. For emergencies, use a fire extinguisher.²
3. Operate Only in an Open Area
The BBQ should be on a flat surface in the open and away from structures like sheds, fences, tents and overhanging branches. For gas cylinders, if you detect a strong smell of gas, Fire & Rescue NSW advises calling '000' and asking for the fire service.
4. Keep Children & Pets at a Safe Distance
Don’t let children near the BBQ and make sure any outdoor games they play are well away from the cooking area. Depending on your pet’s temperament and the type of pet you have, you may have to leave it indoors, securely tethered outdoors or contained in a fenced off area.
5. Never Leave the BBQ Unattended
Watching over an in-use BBQ is vital. It’s not just so that your beef patties and lamb chops can be flipped to perfection, but also to keep an eye on flare-ups and fire hazards. For BBQs that have been turned off, still keep an eye to make sure things have cooled properly.
With these safety tips, we hope your BBQ this summer will be both safe and a sizzling sensation. Now get out there whip us up a couple of snags!
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