Barbecuing is the quintessential Aussie summer pastime. Without taking proper care though, a barbecue with friends can quickly turn very dangerous.
Have a look at this YouTube video and see how easily things can go wrong when barbecuing.
To ensure the same thing doesn’t happen to you, there are a number things you can be doing to stay safe when you are barbecuing.
Firstly, it is important to keep your barbecue cleaned and maintened on a regular basis.
Have a read of our earlier post, BBQ Care & Maintenance, and follow the steps on caring for your barbecue before and after it’s being used.
It’s not enough though to just keep your barbecue clean. For a truly safe barbecuing experience, you need to follow the steps below and watch out for any of the unsafe practices:
- Set the barbeque up on a flat and level ground, away from flammable objects, sheltered from any wind and in a well ventilated space.
- Check the cylinder regularly for rust damage and that all the connections are tightened.
- Replace any cracked or damaged hoses and gas regulators before using.
- Check hoses for blockages and ensure they haven’t perished.
- Don’t touch the safety valve or other fittings on the gas bottle.
- Follow the correct procedure in the instructions, for safely starting up and shutting down the barbecue.
- Make sure someone is always watching the barbecue and keeping any children away.
- Have a garden hose or other supply of water close by in case of an emergency.
- Keep away flammable liquid from the barbecue and DO NOT use petrol or kerosene to start the barbecue.
- Turn off the gas bottle as soon as you are finished using it.
- Leave the hot ashes/coals for 48 hours to completely cool down before removing them.
- Store your gas bottle outdoors at all times, if you do keep your barbecue indoors, remove the gas bottle first and leave it outside.
With these easy steps, you can enjoy safe barbecuing at all times.