With the weather heating up and the evenings getting lighter, it’s that time of year when everyone runs to the supermarkets to grab the last of the burgers, sausages and buns left on the shelves for their barbecues. And while this can be a great occasion for spending time with your family and friends, for insurers this can also be a peak season for claims relating to fire hazards.
Below are some steps that can be taken to help avoid these claims from occurring:
- Leave the barbecue unattended
- Barbecue indoors
- Use a barbecue inside any structure that could catch fire i.e. a gazebo or tent
- Ignite the barbecue’s fire with petrol or lighter fuel squeezed from a bottle
- Overload your grill with food – if too much fat drips on the flames it can cause a flare-up
- Turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed as it can cause gas to build up inside your grill
- Drink too much alcohol – keep a clear head if you’re in charge of barbecuing
- Barbecue at least 10 feet away from your home
- Ensure children and pets are kept away from the cooking area
- Keep the barbecue on a flat surface
- Keep a watering can, fire extinguisher or sand close by
- Use long tools to barbecue in order to keep hands and clothes away
- Check for any cracks on the hose attached to the cylinder of a gas barbecue
- Dispose of ash carefully and after it has fully cooled
- Ensure the barbecue has cooled down before moving it
If you are unsure of what cover you have in place for fire risks, please speak to your broker.
Keep these tips in mind, be safe and enjoy barbecuing this summer.
Posted on 22nd May 2018.