Be BBQ Safe this Summer
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Be BBQ Safe this Summer

Whilst CO safety is something you think about in the winter months, you'll want to be aware that it can be a danger in the summer too - don't forget you are probably heating water for all those showers the family are taking and probably have the heating on during some chilly nights.  

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And with the weather at the best it's been in years and barbecue and camping season in full swing, many of us are probably planning camping, a caravanning trip or a barbeque or two over the coming Bank Holiday. 


So, you'll want to be aware of the dangers of CO and how cooking with fossil fuels such as gas, charcoal or wood in an enclosed space could pose a danger of CO poisoning.  Read on if you don't want to put your family or friends at risk.  


Here are some tips to help keep you and your family Barbeque Safe this summer:

  • Do not take a smouldering or lit BBQ into a tent, caravan or cabin. Your BBQ can still give off fumes even if you’ve finished cooking.
  • Never use a BBQ inside.
  • Always ensure you can see your lit BBQ and ensure you turn it off if it's gas or that you've extinguished it if any other fuel  – don’t leave it lit whilst sleeping.
  • The cooking area should be well away from your seating area, tent, cabin or caravan, and always ensure there is an adequate supply of fresh air.
  • Read the operation instructions and use your BBQ in accordance with them.
  • Be aware of the signs and symptoms of CO poisoning - headaches, nausea, breathlessness, dizziness, collapse and loss of consciousness. If you think you or any of your family are suffering from any of these sypmtoms contact or visit a doctor or A&E or visit NHS Choices if you are unsure.

Some extra hints and tips if you are using a gas BBQ or gas camping equipment:

  • Before you go, check the appliance is in working order, and that hoses are attached and working properly. If in doubt, don’t use the appliance.
  • Make sure the gas taps are turned off before changing the gas cylinder and do this in open air.
  • Don’t over-tighten joints.
  • When you’ve finished cooking, turn off the gas cylinder before the BBQ or gas camping equipment controls so any gas in the pipeline will be used up.
  • Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for advice on how to check for gas escapes, eg brushing leak detection solution around all joints and looking for bubbles.


We wish you a safe and happy camping and BBQ season!

Remember: You should service your heating system annually to ensure it is working to its optimum and to keep energy bills down. Book your Annual Service in now before the rush! 

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