Fire Safety and Prevention: How to Have a Fire-free Barbecue Weekend
Article by Brian Ayling
There are many enjoyable activities during the summertime. One of them is barbecuing in the backyard. Although this may be a fun activity, there is still a risk of a fire outbreak especially because it basically uses fire as a means of accomplishing its objective. It is important to know fire safety precautions and fire fighting techniques to decrease the risks of fire starting brought about by barbecuing.
There are two ways of barbecuing. The first one is gas barbecue wherein a gas cylinder is fitted to the barbecue grill to produce fire. Another way of barbecuing is through charcoal. An approved fire starter fluid designed for barbecue grills and charcoals are used. Either way, you need to ensure a safe and enjoyable barbecuing season and these are some tips you can consider.
Safety tips for charcoal barbecues:
1.You should only use an approved fire starter fluid especially made for barbecue grills. You should never use gasoline in starting afire in the grill. Store the remaining fluid in a secure place.
2.Watch out for fire hazards such as twigs, paper and leaves that are near the barbecuing area.
3.Keep out of children’s reach poisonous fires starter fluids and childproof caps.
4.A well- ventilated area is essential when barbecuing using charcoal.
5.Ensure that charcoal ash is completely put out when you dispose of it. Remember that a live coal can ignite a fire.
6.Have a bucket of water ready and a hose pipe for emergencies.
Safety tips for a gas barbecues:
1.Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions on proper use and storage of gas cylinders used for the barbecue.
2.Always check the cylinder for any cracked or damaged “o” rings in your barbecue connections.
3.Check for gas leaks by applying a soap and water solution over the hose. Bubbles will form if there is a leak.
4.Make sure the valves are either completely open or closed.
5.Light your match first before opening the gas valve to prevent gas build-up.
6.Never light a gas barbecue if you suspect a leaking connection or hose.General reminders for barbecue:
1.When selecting a barbecue grill, purchase one that has been approved for fire safety. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and have it assembled by a trained professional.
2.Use barbecue tongs and brushes to avoid burns.
3.Never allow children to play around or near the barbecue.
4.Keep it away from anything that can transfer heat such as deck rails and your car.
5.Keep a fire extinguisher and blanket nearby for possible fire outbreak.
Even with an extreme hot weather in the summer, everybody would like to experience a barbecue cooking and meal outside. By following these safety precautions and keeping in mind some firefighting techniques, you will surely enjoy a barbecue weekend with your family without worrying about a fire outbreak.
About the Author
Having specialized in http://www.essentialfiresafety.co.uk/”>fire fighting for over 20 years, Brian now works tirelessly to promote affordable fire safety for home and for business.
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