BBQ’s are a great way to spend the summer with your family and friends, however its important to be aware of the risks that come with them, and we don’t mean the food poisoning!

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Store gas cylinders away from direct sunlight as a fire was reported over the weekend because of one overheating. Gas cylinders should not be stored inside your home and kept safely away from your entries and exits. Don’t leave glass items eg. tables out in the sun and keep them away from direct sunlight. This prevents them from potentially exploding or reflecting sunlight onto combustible material which could cause a fire.

Here are some more general do’s and don’ts for when you have a BBQ:

Do:

  • Store your canisters upright.
  • Turn off controls and gas valves before changing the cylinders, this should be done in a well-ventilated area. Always check your gas cylinders won’t leak and are tightly secured.

Don’t:

  • Throw hot ashes in a normal bin.
  • Leave the BBQ unattended.

So, if you are planning to have a BBQ this weekend, remember to stay safe and have fun!

Aimee Robinson - Work Experience - web

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