BBQ Safety

BBQ Safety

You may think that CO (carbon monoxide) poisoning is only a risk in winter – but in fact, it is just as deadly all year round. Most of us continue to use gas for cooking and heating water during the summer, and if you’re planning a barbecue then you also need to be aware of the dangers associated with of CO. If you put a gas barbecue into an enclosed space it could expose you to a possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning – so don’t put your family at risk read our BBQ safety tips now.

BBQ Safety

Here are some helpful BBQ safety tips to help you enjoy summer barbecues and keep safe:

  • Never taking a smouldering or lit barbecue into a tent, caravan or other enclosed space. Even after you’ve finished cooking the barbecue can still give off fumes, so keep it outside.
  • Never, ever cook with a barbecue inside.
  • Always ensure that you can see your barbecue when it is lit – don’t leave it unattended.
  • The area where you cook with the barbecue should be well away from your caravan, cabin or tent, with a good supply of fresh air and away from trees and foliage.
  • Always follow the barbecue’s operating instructions.
  • Be aware of the symptoms and signs of CO poisoning – headaches, nausea, dizziness, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness.

Gas Barbecues and Camping Equipment   

If you are operating a gas barbecue or gas camping equipment there’s some more advice:

  • Before use, check that the appliance is in good working order and that all hoses are attached securely. If in doubt, do not use it.
  • Make sure that the gas taps are turned off before you change the gas cylinder.
  • Change gas cylinders in the open air – never indoors
  • Do not over-tighten gas connection joints
  • When you have finished cooking, turn off the gas cylinder first, and then the barbecue controls. This uses up any gas remaining in the pipeline.
  • Consult the appliance’s instructions to find out on how to check for gas escapes
  • Always leave gas appliances outside, with a good supply of fresh air.

L&W Heating and Plumbing Services

If you need a qualified gas engineer, call L&W Heating and Plumbing – we are the experts at gas safety in the Warrington, Wigan and St.Helens areas. Call us today on one of our local numbers below:-

Boiler Servicing Wigan 01942 417220
Boiler Servicing St Helens 01744 776140
Boiler Servicing Newton Le Willows 01925 394260
Boiler Servicing Warrington 01925 394260
Boiler Servicing Runcorn 01925 394260
Boiler Servicing Widnes 01925 394260
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