Having a barbecue can be an enjoyable way to round off a summer evening. However, sometimes things can go awry and it’s important to know what to do in the event something goes wrong. In this article, Accident Advice Helpline publishes a handy guide to be prepared to safely handle barbecue flames in the unexpected event of a fire breaking out.
Having the proper equipment
As always, the key step is to be prepared in advance for a fire. Ensure that you have the correct equipment for dealing with barbecue flames including long, fire-retardant mitts and a fire extinguisher.
Putting out the flames
Place the cover on the grill, close the vents and allow the coals to burn out completely. You should allow the ashes to cool for at least 48 hours before placing them in a non-combustible container. If you must dispose of the coals before 48 hours are up, use a pair of barbecue tongs to place the individuals coals into a bucket of sand. Never place hot coals into a bucket of water or vice versa as it may give off hot steam which can burn you.
If your barbecue or grill does not have a lid or vents, then it may be an idea to use the fire extinguisher lest the flames become unmanageable. If you feel that you cannot tackle the blaze alone, then call the fire brigade immediately.
Never use a spray bottle
Some people tend to keep a spray bottle of water on hand as a weapon of last resort when dealing with barbecue flames. This can be very dangerous as most barbecue fires are caused by grease and fat dropping on to the hot coals causing a ‘flare-up.’ Water and grease do not mix and will not tackle the flames. In some cases it may extinguish the fire temporarily but it does not remove the grease from the barbecue which can ignite again at any time without warning.
Thank you for reading Accident Advice Helpline’s guide to safely handling barbecue flames. By following this guide, you should significantly reduce the chances of injury when having a barbecue. You can look forward to more handy guides on barbecuing and cooking as well as claiming compensation for accidents at work, slips, trips or falls and accidents on holiday.
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: Accident Advice