Summer has arrived and it’s barbecue season. If you’re planning to get the family round, you’re hosting a garden party or you’re preparing for a barbecue at work, here are some safety tips to protect you and your guests or customers and prevent accidents at work.
Is it dangerous to operate a coal barbecue inside?
Barbecues should always be operated in well-ventilated spaces preferably outside in a large open space. It is incredibly dangerous to barbecue indoors, not just because of the risk of house fires or injuries at work, but also because coal barbecues emit fumes, which can contribute to carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be fatal. If you are planning to have a barbecue and the weather is poor, stand an umbrella over the barbecue or invest in a small gazebo to keep you covered while also ensuring that smoke can filter away safely.
Barbecuing safety tips
Barbecues are a great chance to get together and enjoy a delicious meal, but there are risks involved so it’s a good idea to be wary of potential hazards. When barbecuing, stay a safe distance away from crowds, choose an open space and keep the area around the grill free from obstructions and items, which may increase the risk of slips, trips and falls. Use suitable equipment and instruments and never try to turn or remove meat using your fingers, as this can cause burn injuries. Always ensure food you serve is cooked through completely; this is particularly important with chicken. Control the heat of the barbecue carefully and take steps to maintain your grill and ensure that it is switched off and stored properly.
Can I claim for an accident at work?
If you’ve been involved in a work accident or you were injured at work through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim work injury compensation. If, for example, you work at a pub or restaurant, and you were asked to put on a barbecue but you were provided with faulty equipment, you may be entitled to claim work accident compensation for any injuries you sustained, providing that you can prove that you were not to blame for the accident in any way. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, a legal firm with years of experience of helping consumers to claim work illness compensation, for no win, no fee* advice.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice