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Responsible Grilling

Firing up the barbecue, is a great way to spend your leisure time whilst feeding family and friends at the same time. However, barbecue ownership involves more than simply lighting the fire.

 

Following these simple precautions can minimise the risk of injury or the break out of an unwanted fire:

  • Use Zip™ charcoal and firelighters! They are designed to be the safest and most reliable.
  • If using a liquid firelighter, then use the smallest amount possible – do not squirt onto an
    already lit fire as this will cause flames to flare up and potentially become out of control.
  • Ensure that small children and pets are kept away from the flames and the hot barbecue.
  • Keep a bucket of water or sand on hand in case of emergency.
  • Make sure the fire is fully extinguished before packing up.
  • Never put hot ashes or coals straight into a dustbin or wheelie bin.
  • Never leave the barbecue unattended

Selecting the right location for your barbecue reduces the risk of unplanned fires. Simply check that there are no buildings, trees, washing etc. in your selected barbecue zone. Once you have selected your site:

  • Avoid cooking inside tents and buildings.
  • Choose a flat surface to ensure that your barbecue is stable.
  • Be aware of the ground beneath you, especially if you are barbecuing in public areas as
    peat turf is very flammable and a small ground fire could spread quickly.

It is all too easy for barbecues to be neglected over the winter months. We recommend getting it in shape by:

  • Dusting the inside of the drum with a steel brush. For stubborn dirt, try a little soapy water or Zip™ Barbecue Cleaner.
  • Use cat litter if you have any, for soaking up the grease accumulated in the bottom of the base or pour onto some newspapers and dispense of in the dustbin.
  • Use a wire brush to remove the rust, grim and carbon build-up on your grill and grates.
    Wash with warm soapy water and dry thoroughly.
  • If your grill is really dirty, use a brush made out of steel wool or steel bristles.
  • Coating vegetable oil on your grill will protect it from rust in the future.

Fire Safety in the Countryside

  • Every year fire is responsible for the destruction of thousands of acres of countryside, open spaces and wildlife habitat. Many of these fires are started deliberately but by following a few simple precautions and showing a little extra care, many others could be prevented.
  • Dispose of smoking materials properly and make sure they are completely extinguished.
    Don’t leave camp fires or barbecues unattended and extinguish them properly after use.
    Clear away bottles, glasses and any broken glass to prevent them magnifying the sun’s rays and starting a fire.
  • Explain to children the dangers of playing with lighted fires.
  • Keep cookers away from tent entrances.
    Make certain the BBQ 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.
  • If fire breaks out, call the fire and rescue service immediately on 999 or 112. When specifying your location, mention any landmarks – perhaps a church or pub – and if phoning from a phone box, stay nearby so you can direct the fire appliances to the scene.
  • Don’t attempt to fight the fire yourself unless it is very small – grass and crop fires can travel very quickly.

 

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