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    Safety check: Gas barbecues vs coal barbecues

    Summer is in full swing and many of us will be enjoying barbecues in the garden with friends and family.

    Barbecues are quick and simple and they produce delicious meals, but there is such a vast range of styles and products on offer it can be difficult to choose the perfect barbecue. There are coal and gas barbecues available, at a huge variation in cost; so what’s the difference between coal and gas barbecues? Which is safer and how can you prevent accidents, such as slips, trips and falls, in the garden this summer?

    What is the difference between coal and gas barbecues?

    The most obvious difference between coal and gas barbecues is the fuel used to cook the food; however, there are other differences. Gas barbecues are usable almost immediately, while coal barbecues take a lot of preparation, as you have to light the coal and then wait for the flames to die down before you start cooking; this usually takes around 30-40 minutes.

    Gas barbecues are generally more convenient, quicker and less messy than charcoal barbecues; they are also ideal if you are planning to grill during different stages of the day, as they can be ignited easily. In contrast, it’s quite tricky to get charcoal barbecues up and running again once the embers have died down. Gas barbecues also have variable settings and you can add extra shelves, which gives you greater control of the grill.

    Safety concerns: Which option is safer?

    Both options are safe when the relevant measures are taken; this includes cooking in a well-ventilated space, checking the condition of the barbecue before use and paying attention to the barbecue at all times. With gas barbecues, you have greater control of the heat and for this reason, this type of barbecue may be safer; however, charcoal barbecues should be perfectly safe, provided that they are well supervised and the coals are disposed of carefully. Additional safety tips to reduce the risk of garden accidents include leaving a large space around the barbecue, removing any obstructions to prevent slips and trips, using utensils to handle hot food and liquids to prevent burns and scalds and taking extra care when children are around.

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    If you have experienced injuries at a barbecue hosted by a restaurant or you’ve been injured in a public place and you wish to claim public liability compensation, contact our expert personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, for information and no-win no-fee* advice.

    Date Published: July 22, 2015

    Author: SM Content

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