Barbecues and BBQ Safety

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When the weather is pleasant, there is no better way to spend time with your friends and family than hosting a gas or charcoal barbecue . Whether you will be caravanning, camping, or simply firing up your barbecue in your backyard, you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious meal prepared in the great outdoors. Unfortunately, many injuries involving barbecues and outdoor cooking occur each year, but by keeping the following tips in mind, you’ll be prepared to enjoy your barbecue safely.

Stay Safe Whilst Barbecuing

The next time you barbecue for a party or just family, ensure a safe and enjoyable experience by keeping the following tips in mind:

When running throughout your BBQ checklist, safety should always be at the top of the list. And in addition to these general BBQ safety tips, there are additional guidelines depending on the specific type of BBQ that you are using.

Charcoal Barbecues

There are a lot of advantages to using a charcoal grill like high temperatures for searing and those classic smokey flavours. Nonetheless, there are some safety rules you should always follow when using a charcoal BBQ.

Gas Barbecues

Caravan Safety Tips

Considering the small size of a caravan, it is easy to see why fire risks are amplified at these locations. To stay safe, you’ll need to have a smoke detector installed and take some important precautions:

Carbon Monoxide Dangers

One of the other issues in the debate between charcoal and gas BBQs is carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced when a fuel such as charcoal, gas or petrol burns incompletely. This could happen when an appliance isn’t working properly or could happen as part of its normal function. Barbecues, for example, produce carbon monoxide even when they are functioning normally.

Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas and is poisonous. When highly concentrated it can kill swiftly. In smaller concentrations CO poisoning can give symptoms similar to flu or food poisoning.

Safety Tips

Spotting the danger signs:
You cannot smell, taste or see carbon monoxide but it can kill quickly and without warning. The early stages of carbon monoxide poisoning can present symptoms similar to food poisoning or flu, though without a high temperature.

Camping Safety Tips

Camping is one of the most popular places to use a barbecue, but safety is a major concern. Each year, many people experience fire-related injuries whilst camping and attempting to operate their barbecue, but by following some safety guidelines, you can keep yourself safe:

Another great thing about camping grills is that you can usually pick them up quite cheaply.

Building a Fire Safely

If you will be building an open fire at your campsite, keep the following tips in mind:

Other Camping Tips

Barbecues aren’t the only hazard for which you need to be concerned with camping. These tips can help you avoid injury on your next outdoor excursion:

Using a BBQ grill is an activity that your entire family can enjoy. By making safety a priority, you’ll get the most enjoyment out of your barbecue.

And there you have it - loads of BBQ tips to help you stay safe while grilling. Whether you’re using a charcoal or a gas grill, you shouldn’t be afraid of it, you just need to know how to use it!

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So if you’re looking for some ultimate BBQ guides and general tips head over there. We know that owning a BBQ isn’t just about firing it up at the weekends. You’ve got to know how to clean and maintain it, use it, what to cook, what spare parts to replace...argh! The list goes on. So aside from showing your some of the best BBQs of the year that we stock, we’ve also got niche answers to all your questions and some great customer stories about BillyOh BBQ purchases.