It’s that time of year again, when the delicious smell of BBQ cooking can be smelled around the UK. But it’s important to remember that BBQ fires can be dangerous and cause significant damage. Fortunately, there are several measures you can take to prevent them. Here are some tips for preventing a BBQ fire from the experienced team at Hartson Fire.

Tips for Preventing a BBQ Fire

  • Keep your grill clean: Clean your grill regularly to prevent grease buildup, which can cause a fire.
  • Check for leaks: Check your gas grill's hoses, connectors, and regulators for leaks before use. You can do this by applying a soapy water solution to the connections and looking for bubbles.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby: Make sure you have a fire extinguisher nearby in case of a fire. Also, know how to use it before you start cooking.
  • Keep your grill away from flammable materials: Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house, deck railing, and other flammable materials.
  • Don't leave your grill unattended: Never leave your grill unattended while cooking. Stay near the grill and keep an eye on it.
  • Use proper tools and equipment: Use long-handled grilling tools to keep a safe distance from the grill and wear heat-resistant gloves to protect your hands. Be careful with starter fluid: If using starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid, and never add it to hot coals or a lit fire.
  • Dispose of coals properly: After grilling, let the coals cool down completely, and then dispose of them in a metal container with a lid.

By following these tips, you can help prevent a BBQ fire and ensure a safe and enjoyable grilling experience.

Essential Equipment to Keep Safe

If a fire were to start while you are barbecuing, the type of fire extinguisher you would need depends on the type of grill you are using and the type of fire you are dealing with.

If you are using a gas grill, you would need a powder or foam fire extinguisher, which would be appropriate for this type of fire.

If you are using a charcoal grill, you would need a Class A fire extinguisher, which is designed to extinguish fires involving ordinary combustibles such as wood, paper, and cloth. A water or foam fire extinguisher would be appropriate for this type of fire.

It's important to note that if the fire is small and contained, you may be able to extinguish it with a fire blanket. However, if the fire is large or spreading quickly, do not attempt to extinguish it yourself. Instead, evacuate the area immediately and call the fire department.

Happy Barbecuing !!!