It’s coming up to BBQ season. The sweet, earthy smell of freshly cut grass and the warmth of the evening sun are enticing you back into your garden. Apron-clad and spatula in hand, you begin the most important job of summer: the job of the BBQ chef. Sausages are sizzled, chicken is chargrilled, burgers are flipped, laughter and drinks run free; it’s the perfect way to spend a summer’s evening.
In amongst the fun in the sun it’s important to stay safe. Now is the perfect time to get prepared.
Here are our top tips for relaxed — and safe — outdoor cooking.
• Make sure your BBQ is in good working order. Time for a late spring clean, perhaps?
• A good BBQ needs space. Put your BBQ on a flat site, well away from a shed, trees or shrubs.
• Sometimes your BBQ is like Greta Garbo: it likes to be left alone. Keep children, garden games and pets well away from the cooking area.
• And yet it likes a faithful companion. Never leave the BBQ unattended.
• Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies. The BBQ (or you) might get too hot.
• Make sure the BBQ is cool before attempting to move it, or clean it.
• A workman is only as good as his tools — make sure you have the right stuff for handling and turning the food once on the BBQ.
• Avoid cross contamination of raw meats with cooked food. Where possible have a raw side for burgers etc going on the grill and a cooked side for meat coming off the grill when ready.
And enjoy a long, lovely summer of the great British BBQ.
Source: Fire Service. (2015). Barbecue Safety. Available: http://www.fireservice.co.uk/safety/barbecue. Last accessed 09/04/2015.