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BBQ Week

National BBQ Week runs from 4th – 10th July and as the temperatures continue to get warmer, there’s no doubt that it’ll be an ideal time to enjoy some al fresco cooking – but it’s important not to forget gas safety when cooking with BBQs in your garden or on holiday

With this in mind, The Gas Safe Register – the UK’s official registration body for gas engineers and gas businesses – offers some  essential safety advice when cooking with a BBQ.

Barbecue safety is really important because both gas and solid fuel BBQs come with the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if not maintained or used correctly. Gas, charcoal and disposable BBQs are safe when used responsibly.

Gas Safe Register’s top tips to stay gas safe while barbequing this summer:

  1. Before use, check that the BBQ is in good working order and any hoses are not showing signs of wear, stiffness or cracking. If you have any doubts about the safety of a gas BBQ do not use it and contact a Gas Safe registered engineer. To find and check a gas engineer in your area, visit GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
  2. Never use a BBQ indoors – this includes any temporary outdoor shelter such as tents, marquees, yurts, gazebos, playhouses, shepherd huts or igloos.
  3. The cooking area should be well away from buildings and be well ventilated with fresh air. Don’t take a lit or smouldering BBQ into a tent, caravan, or cabin. Even when you have finished cooking with it, a BBQ can still give off fumes that can give you carbon monoxide poisoning – you should always leave it outside.
  4. Always follow and consult the manufacturer’s instructions for appliance specific advice on use, ventilation, maintenance and care.
  5. Carbon monoxide poisoning could be mistaken for other holiday ailments, such as food poisoning, dehydration or a hangover. Remember the six main symptoms of CO poisoning: headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, and loss of consciousness.