The UK is Europe’s number 1 barbecue nation beating the Germans into second and with al-fresco eating the UK’s love of barbecues is worth over £7 billion pounds a year. However, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents barbecues account for almost 2,000 visits annually to A&E.
Here are a few tips and hints for keeping your BBQs as safe as possible:
- Consider the location – level ground, away from fences, sheds and overhanging trees
- Never pour petrol, or other accelerants onto a barbecue. Some of the most serious barbecue-related accidents happen when people do this and the barbecue ‘explodes’ in their face
- Don’t leave children unsupervised near a barbecue
- Check your barbecue is in good condition (particularly if you have not used it for some time) and look for loose or damaged parts that may need adjustment or repair
- If you are planning to have a barbecue in a public place, ensure that you are allowed to do so at the location you intend to use – and never leave the barbecue unattended
- Particular care should be taken in hot, dry weather to reduce the risk of starting a forest or grass fire
- Never BBQ indoors, even if the weather is terrible!!
- Place disposable barbecues on non-flammable surfaces when using them
- Keep a water spray bottle close to the BBQ
- Use long grilling tools to keep your clothes, hands and arms away from the heat, and if you have long hair, tie it up away from any flames.
Finally make sure you have home insurance in place.
If your barbecue causes a fire, your home insurance can react and provide cover for any damaged property. Or if one of your guests is burned or injured they may wish to make a claim against you personally as the host, in this instance your home insurance policy should provide liability cover to defend you and any cover any legal costs.
At Sharrocks we can provide a buildings and contents insurance policy from as little as £115.00. For more information :- Sharrocks’ Home Insurance