Tips for barbecuing safely this summer

With the hot weather set to continue, the barbecue season is definitely here. Everyone loves a long sunny evening, having fun with friends and cooking on an open fire, so it’s essential to barbeque safely.  Taking into account the extreme hot weather conditions we have been experiencing, grass surrounding park homes and lodges will be extremely dry and the tiniest of spark can easily cause a significant fire.

Barbeques are one of the most common causes of grass and open land blazes. While many councils already have localised bans in place, it’s our responsibility to take extra care to avoid any incidents and reduce fire risks, to keep you, your family and your possessions safe during the summer.

Below are tips to help you enjoy your barbecues safely this summer.

Do

  • Barbecue at least 10 feet away from your (or your neighbour’s) park home or holiday lodge
  • Ensure children and pets are kept away from the cooking area
  • Keep the barbecue on a flat surface
  • Keep a watering can, fire extinguisher or sand close by
  • Use long tools to barbecue in order to keep hands and clothes away
  • Check for any cracks on the hose attached to the cylinder of a gas barbecue
  • Dispose of ash carefully and after it has fully cooled
  • Ensure the barbecue has cooled down before moving it
  • Check the rules of your holiday park or residential park

Don’t:

  • Leave the barbecue unattended
  • Barbecue indoors
  • Use a barbecue inside any structure that could catch fire i.e. a gazebo or tent
  • Ignite the barbecue’s fire with petrol or lighter fuel squeezed from a bottle
  • Overload your grill with food – too much fat dripping onto the flames can cause a flare-up
  • Turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed as it can cause gas to build up inside your grill
  • Drink too much alcohol – keep a clear head if you’re in charge of barbecuing

Did you know?

Disposable barbecues that have been abandoned can still end up causing a fire as hot coals can smoulder and pose a real fire risk for some time after the flames die down – they need to be put right out and cooled before being safely thrown away.

Barbeques stay hot for hours, so you must be really careful if you are planning on moving your barbeque. They also give off carbon monoxide fumes for several hours after they go out, so do not bring them indoors with you.

If you are unsure of what cover you have in place for fire risks, please check your insurance policy document or give us a call.

Keep these tips in mind, be safe and enjoy barbecuing this summer.

This is a marketing article from Park Home Assist, multi award-winning providers of residential park home insurance.  If you would like to speak to an advisor regarding insurance for your park home, please contact our friendly team in our Northampton office on 01604 946 796.

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