It’s the perfect season to fire up the BBQ and invite your friends around for a feast.

To help you get the most out of your grill-up, we’ve put together a handy barbecue fire safety guide. At Jim’s Fire Safety, we want to make sure your summer goes off without a hitch. We are spreading our fire protection expertise around the nation.

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Barbecue Fire Safety Tips

It might seem like a relaxing way to kick off your holidays, but the humble BBQ can be a risk factor in your backyard. A casual approach to safety, mixed in with alcohol consumption, can be a recipe for a home fire.

Any open fire needs to be treated carefully, including BBQs.

Here are some barbecue fire safety tips that will help you stay safe this summer:

  • check the gas bottle is in working condition and look for damage on the hose and connectors
  • you can do a soap bubble test to check that your gas cylinder isn’t leaking
  • avoid lighting your barbecue in extreme weather conditions — if it is really windy, the flame could travel or something could blow onto your BBQ
  • keep flammable items away from your BBQ and place it a good distance away from furniture, outdoor structures, and areas with a lot of foot traffic
  • make sure you have a functional fire extinguisher on hand — it needs to be tested regularly to ensure it is in working condition
  • don’t leave the grill unattended — supervise pets and children while in use
  • be responsible with the consumption of alcohol around an open flame
  • put your barbecue in a well-ventilated area
  • make sure the fire is completely out and the grill is cool when finished
  • make sure the gas is off at the bottle
  • clean your barbecue regularly — excess fat and oil is very flammable


Fire Protection Equipment

If you lose control of a BBQ fire, you need to dial 111 for fire and emergency New Zealand.

Fire protection equipment can help with controlling small fires. If a fire becomes too large, you need to call for help. If you tackle the fire in it’s early stages, you can use a fire extinguisher or a fire blanket.

Fire blankets are designed to deal with cooking fats and oils. They can also be used on a person (and wrapped around them) if they catch fire. For this reason, you should always have a fire blanket installed near any cooking equipment.


Which fire extinguisher should be used on BBQs?

The best fire extinguisher to use on a barbecue is the dry powder extinguisher. This has a white band around the top of the cylinder. This type of extinguisher can be used on fires including gas, oils, and flammable liquids.


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