Last updated: 28/10/2013
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Although most barbecues present no problems, there have been
examples of fires, serious injuries and deaths caused by the use of
flammable liquids or sitting barbecues too close to fences, garden
sheds, buildings or trees.
Following these guidelines should ensure that everyone
has a happy and safe barbecue season.
Never take a smoldering BBQ into a tented area or concealed area
with no ventilation as the BBQ will give off Carbon Monoxide fumes.
Ensure that the barbecue itself is stable and located on level
ground and if you are anywhere other than in your own garden -
If there is a wind blowing, make sure that the wind is blowing
away from you when you light the barbecue (just in case it flares
Ensure that you are not wearing any loose clothing that could
flap onto the lighted barbecue and ignite.
Keep the barbecue well away from over hanging obstructions such
as tree branches, and keep a safe distance from fences, garden
sheds, tents and caravans.
Do not use any flammable liquid other than recommended barbecue
lighting fluid. Never use methylated spirits, paraffin or
Preferably use fire lighters. If you choose to use lighting
fluid, follow the manufacturers instructions and do not spray onto
a hot barbecue - it may blow up in your face!
When lighting the barbecue, do so at arms length (rather like
fireworks) and do not put your face over the range.
Keep children away from the barbecue when lighted and after
cooking has finished, as it may still be hot. Ensure matches
and lighters are placed out of reach from children.
Dispose of the charcoal safely after the barbecue has cooled
completely. Those using gas powered barbecues should check
gas pipe lines before use and ensure that the gas cylinder is
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