Barbeques may be used if the following guidelines are followed:
- Security must be informed prior to any barbeque event.
- Nominate one person to be in charge of the barbeque - they must avoid consuming alcohol (as this increases the chance of an accident) and they should be in a position to manage the barbeque and prevent uninvited people attending.
- Ensure barbeques are sited at least 3 metres away from buildings, fences, shrubbery/trees, garden furniture, waste storage areas and other combustible risks. If there is a wind blowing, make sure it is blowing away from you when lighting the barbeque.
- Barbeques should be sited on a flat, stable surface (preferably on the ground).
- Use solid fire lighters to light barbeque charcoal, and you should ideally use "cook's" matches instead of a cigarette lighter. Never use petrol, lighter fuel, kerosene, methylated spirits or other volatile fuel to light a barbeque (nor to relight one which seems to have gone out since being ignited). Alternatively, you could use specially treated barbeque briquettes instead of charcoal.
- Make sure you are not wearing any loose clothing which could flap onto the barbeque and catch fire.
- If you are using a gas barbeque, check the condition of all pipes and connections before lighting, and only change the cylinder in the open air, with the barbeque unlit.
- If you suspect a leak, turn the gas off immediately.
- Have a pair of thick oven gloves for handling hot utensils.
- If possible, keep a supply of water nearby in case of emergency.
- Keep games like football, cricket, volleyball etc, well away from the cooking area.
- Take care when cooking fatty foods; fat spilling onto the coals may cause fires to flare up.
- Be careful when lifting the lid on a covered barbeque, as a sudden rush of air may cause severe flames.