Barbeque Safely

Every summer around 40% of the U.K's population bring out their barbecues.

The smell of sizzling sausages and steaks drifts on the air, and the risks of food poisoning and other barbecue-related accidents increase.

These risks could be greatly reduced if the following simple precautions are taken.

Food Hygiene

Always wash your hands before starting the cooking

  • wash salads and vegetables thoroughly
  • ensure that tongs, skewers and forks are spotlessly clean
  • ensure that the barbecue grill is thoroughly cleaned after use
  • use separate utensils for raw and cooked food
  • defrost frozen meat and poultry fully before cooking (ideally defrosting should be carried out in the fridge)
  • keep raw and cooked food separate
  • cover all food to protect it from insects and dust
  • keep meat, salads and other perishable foods in the fridge until you are ready to use them - a cook box is suitable if a fridge is not available
  • pre-cook poultry and then barbecue
  • cook poultry, sausages, burgers and chopped or minced meats until the juices run clear

General Barbecue Safety

  • site the barbecue away from fences, trees, hedges and wooden sheds
  • choose a sheltered, level spot
  • Never use petrol or paraffin on barbecues. Use fire-lighters or special starter fluid
  • keep children and pets away from the barbecue
  • use long-handled tongs to remove food from the glowing coals
  • Never leave the barbecue unattended
  • Always ensure that the barbecue is completely extinguished after use
  • keep a bucket of water close by - just in case!