It’s that time again! Summer is HERE and with that comes the garden barbecues.
While we don’t get a lot of time to spend in the sunshine, while it’s here we have to make the most of it and what better way than to break out the grill and grab a couple of burgers?
Here are some tips to make sure you and your family and friends have a safe and enjoyable time this Bank Holiday weekend…
- Make sure your barbecue is in good working order.
- Ensure the barbecue is on a flat site, well away from a shed, trees or shrubs.
- Keep children, garden games and pets well away from the cooking area.
- Never leave the barbecue unattended.
- Keep a bucket of water or sand nearby for emergencies.
- Ensure the barbecue is cool before attempting to move it.
- Use only enough charcoal to cover the base to a depth of about 50mm (2 inches).
- Only use recognised fire lighters or starter fuel and only on cold coals – use the minimum necessary and never use petrol.
- Never put hot ashes straight into a dustbin or wheelie bin – they could melt the plastic and cause a fire.
- Make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder.
- Change cylinders outdoors if possible or in a well ventilated area.
- If you suspect a leak to the cylinder or pipe work, brush soapy water around the joints and watch for bubbles – tighten to fix but do not overtighten.
- After cooking, turn off the gas cylinder before turning off at the controls to ensure any residual gas in the pipe work is used up.
- Keep cookers away from the tent entrance.
- Make certain the cooker is stable, away from draughts and in an area where they will not get knocked over.
- Keep flammables (including long grass) away from the cooking area.
- Avoid using liquid fuel appliances if at all possible.
- Only change disposable gas cylinders when they are completely empty.
Building an open fire
- Never build a fire where the soil is of peat.
- Build it well away from any tents – especially in windy weather (at least 10 metres).
- Clear the area of grass, leaves and brush away to form a circle of earth around the fire.
- A fire stack should be made so that it will collapse inwards when burning.
- Do not leave the fire unattended and watch for flying embers or sparks.
- Make sure you extinguish the fire before going to bed or when you leave.
ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE PREPARING OR EATING FOOD
Also wash them after…
- Handling raw meat and poultry
- Going to the toilet
- Touching pets or farm animals
- Cleaning out the cat litter
- Changing baby’s nappy
- Putting rubbish in the bin
- Washing the car
- Doing housework
- Handling coins
Good hand washing is the first line of defence in preventing food poisoning, so wash your hands and make sure children do too!
Check out more tips from Safefood.eu in their brochure.