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Top tip: the coals should be glowing red with a powdery grey surface before you start.
Make sure your barbecue is steady on a level surface, away from plants and trees.
The Fire Service advice is to cover the bottom of your barbecue with coal to a depth of no more than 5cm (2in). Use only recognised firelighters or starter fuel, and on cold coals only. Never use petrol on a barbecue. The coals are hot enough to start cooking on when they’re glowing red with a powdery grey surface.
The Fire Service advice is to:
• Make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder.
• Change cylinders outdoors if possible or in a well-ventilated area and away from naked flames.
• If you suspect a leak in the cylinder or pipework, brush soapy water around the joints and watch for bubbles – tighten to fix but don’t over-tighten.
• After cooking, turn off the gas cylinder before turning off at the controls to ensure that any gas left in the pipework is used up.
The Fire Service advises the following simple rules to avoid accidents
• Keep children, garden games and pets well away from the cooking area.
• Never leave the barbecue unattended.
• Keep a fire extinguisher or a bucket of water or sand nearby for emergencies.
• Ensure the barbecue is cool before attempting to move it.
• Never put hot ashes straight into a dustbin or wheelie bin – they could melt the plastic and cause a fire.
Don’t forget to have a sneaky peak at some of our fantastic BBQ food that you can expect to find instore!