Summer is the perfect time for making delicious meals on the barbecue. But while barbecuing can be a fun and tasty activity, it also can also carry significant risks. In fact, recent research from risk management experts found that barbecues are involved in hundreds of garden accidents each year—causing severe property damage and injuries such as scalds, burns and carbon monoxide poisoning.
With this in mind, it’s crucial to implement proper safety measures when you break out the barbecue this summer. Consider the following precautions:
- Conduct an inspection—Be sure to inspect your barbecue before using it for any loose or damaged parts that require repairs. This is especially important if you haven’t used your barbecue for an extended period.
- Select a safe location—Next, make sure you place your barbecue in a well-ventilated, open location with level ground, away from fences, sheds, trees and shrubs. Keep an adequate distance between the barbecue and any children, pets or garden games.
- Use proper products—Never pour petrol or other accelerants on the barbecue, as this can create large fires. While barbecuing, use long-handled tools to distance yourself from the heat. Always keep a bucket of water or sand nearby in the event of an emergency.
- Don’t leave unattended—It only takes a few seconds for a barbecue to get out of control, so always have someone to keep watch over any barbecue.
- Dispose responsibly—Make sure any coals are not glowing before you dispose of them.
- Clean up with caution—When it’s time to clean up, double-check that the barbecue is cool enough before attempting to move it. Store your barbecue in a secure location to keep it safe from burglars, animals and natural elements (eg rain, cold and heat). Ensure the barbecue is fully extinguished before putting it away.
This blog is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Readers should contact a professional for appropriate advice. Content by Zywave, provided by TH March.