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Safety tips for using lighter fluid


Incorrectly stored or used lighter fluid can cause all kinds of potentially serious personal injuries. Here are some tips on using this flammable liquid safely.


About lighter fluid

Lighter fluid is used to fill cigarette lighters, for cleaning and often unwisely also to light charcoal barbecues. Highly flammable, it is packed with harmful substances known as hydrocarbons. These hydrocarbons include, for example:

  • Butane, Benzene and/or Lacolene
  • Hexamine, Propane and/or Naptha

To prevent potentially serious accidental injuries, it is therefore extremely important to store and use this dangerous fluid safely.


Safely storing and using lighter fluid

Like other flammable liquids, lighter fuel should be stored:

  • In small quantities only
  • In a tightly capped container
  • Out of the reach of children
  • In a cool place, away from sources of heat and direct sunlight

As inhalation and ingestion of this harmful substance can cause serious health problems, it is imperative never to:

  • Sniff lighter fuel
  • Swallow this fluid

To prevent skin irritation and burns, it is elementary to:

  • Avoid direct skin contact
  • Wash accidental splashes off immediately

Using this dangerous fluid in accordance with provided user and safety instructions will help to prevent:

  • Accidental skin contact
  • Injuries by fire and explosions

Never pouring or squirting lighter petrol straight onto hot charcoal or into open flames will prevent injuries by burning.


Lighter fuel and barbecues

Using lighter fuel on barbecues:

  • Increases the risk of fire and burn injuries
  • Makes the food taste different due to fumes being absorbed into it

If sufficient quantities of this fluid are absorbed by food and subsequently ingested, health problems may also arise. It is, therefore, preferable not to use this fluid on your BBQ at all.


Barbecue safety

Even without this fluid, barbecue grills, be they charcoal or gas-powered, can be dangerous and must be used safely to prevent BBQ accidents.


Hurt at a BBQ

If you were injured at a barbecue through no fault of your own, you may qualify for barbecue injury compensation. This may, for example, be the case if your barbecue accident was caused by:

  • Someone else making a mistake or acting irresponsibly
  • A defective gas barbecue
  • A defective gas bottle

If you believe you may have a barbecue injury claim, get in touch with us, Accident Advice Helpline, now to get free, no-obligation barbecue accident advice. To contact us, call 0800 689 5659 from any landline within the UK or use our unique online claim calculator.