BBQing is a very popular pastime in Ireland, but unfortunately a lot of fires break out during the summer months. This is largely due to the fact that many people are unaware of how to BBQ safely. Here are some important safety tips for BBQing in Ireland.
Keeping the Right Distance
It is important to make sure that the grill is at least ten feet away from the house. Other flammable objects such as the garden shed and fences should also be a good distance from the grill in the can of both gas and charcoal grills to prevent a potential fire hazard.
Keep it Clean
It is important to clean the grill regularly to prevent fat and grease from building up. Grease is one of the main causes of unwanted BBQ fires and can accidentally add much more fuel to the fire than you originally intended.
Check for Leaks
People who are using a gas grill should make absolutely sure that the gas does not leak. This can be done pretty easily by mixing a solution of half water and half dish soap liquid and rubbing it on the connections and hoses. Turn on the gas with the grill lid open and bubbles will form as an indication if there is a gas leak.
Clear the Area
Avoid hanging decorations such as pillows, umbrellas and baskets too close to the BBQ. They make look pretty, but they are a real fire hazard and are likely to cause a real problem if they are caught by a stray spark.
Keep Water on Standby
Make sure that there is a spray bottle filled with water close to the grill. If fire flares up unexpectedly, you are more likely to be able to keep it under control if you are able to douse it with water straight away.