BBQ fire safety warning


23 August 2021

IMAGE: Food being cooked on a barbecueWe hope you're looking forward to the Bank Holiday Weekend! Fingers crossed we get some long overdue sunshine.

You may be considering having a barbecue (BBQ).

We want you to remain safe. So we’ve pulled together some top safety tips to follow:
  • Never use a BBQ indoors or on a balcony. This includes any temporary outdoor shelter including tents, marquees, yurts, gazebos and playhouses

  • Always use your BBQ in accordance with the operating instructions

  • Check your BBQ for damage before use. Never use a faulty, defective BBQ – make sure you only use one in good working order

  • Ensure your BBQ is on a level ground when using it. In the case of disposable BBQs, use on a non-combustible surface. Keep away from any trees, fences, sheds or shrubs

  • Don't use petrol, paraffin or any flammable liquids on your BBQ – firelighters are a much safer option

  • Keep children and pets far away from the BBQ area

  • Never leave the BBQ unattended

  • Keep a bucket of water or sand nearby in case of emergencies

  • Ensure disposable BBQs are cold before disposing responsibly into refuse containers. Even a slightly warm BBQ could cause a fire

  • The cooking area should be well away from buildings and well ventilated with fresh air

  • A BBQ can still give off fumes that can give you carbon monoxide poisoning even when you’ve finished cooking with it. You should always leave it outside

  • Be aware of the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning: Headaches, Nausea, Breathlessness, Dizziness, Collapse, Loss of consciousness.
You can find out more safety advice on the London Fire Brigade’s website or via our fire safety page.

Remember, if you do need to contact us about anything, we’re here to help!