Summer is finally on its way, and with the extra hours of daylight and warmer weather, it can only mean one thing - Barbecue season!
What better way to celebrate the start of spring than dusting off the barbecue? Whether it be for your weekend away camping or simply in your back garden, getting everyone together and cooking up some tasty treats is definitely a good way to embrace the start of the warmer weather. After all, there is something about eating a burger outdoors which makes it so much more exciting than at your dining room table!
However, let’s not forget how unpredictable the UK weather is...
A successful barbecue requires careful planning because if not, you might end up with a soggy burger bun for your dinner...
Protecting your home and guests
Just like cooking in the home, there are many hazardous risks involved when having a barbecue. These can be easily forgotten about when you are having fun in the sun. You wouldn’t want a disaster to ruin your day, so it's important to take precautions to minimise the risk of any accidents.
We all know how dangerous fire can be when it becomes out of control. Take extra care when preparing your BBQ. Keep it away from flammable materials and from the close proximity of your home.
Leaking gas is an instant hazard. Always buy bottled gas from an approved supplier and be sure to check there's no damage to its container before switching on. Follow instructions and always turn off when not in use.
In any cooking environment, there's always a risk of burning yourself. Use proper utensils and wear gloves to keep your hands protected. If there are children present, warn them of the dangers and keep a watchful eye on them throughout the time the BBQ is hot.
Eating BBQ food and meat that isn't properly cooked is a risk to your health. Always check that meat is cooked through before eating to avoid the risk of food poisoning.
Knowing that you’re in control when it comes to potential fire risks will allow you to host a memorable event, attend to your guests and relax in the sunshine.
How to try and prevent any accidents from happening
Barbecues are as much about preparation and cooking as they are about eating - you should always be aware of your surroundings and any potential hazards.
Tip! When you are cooking food on the barbecue, check that the clothing you are wearing wouldn't create any accidents. Are your sleeves, apron strings or ties dangling over the grill?
Tip! Keeping a bucket of water and sand on standby near the barbecue is a great and safe idea in case any fires were to break out. Also, remember to situate your cooking station in a spot away from the main crowd.
Tip! Never leave your grill unattended, keeping your pets and young ones away from the barbecue, is very important as this can be an extreme hazard in itself!
Tip! If you smell gas whilst you are cooking, immediately get away from the grill and in some cases, call the fire department.
Tip! Make sure you use your grill in an open space. Charcoal grills burn off dangerous carbon monoxide gas that builds up in closed areas.
For more tips and advice on how to have a successful and safe barbecue, read this handy guide from Kettler below: