It’s summertime in West Yorkshire and for many people that means it’s barbecue season too. People all over the region are busy dusting off their BBQs and checking the weather forecast to see when the perfect day to invite the family over might be.

But before you get too bogged down in picking the perfect marinade, make sure that BBQ safety is right at the top of your priority list.

“For many people, summer is all about barbecues in the sunshine with friends and family,” says James Lovery, Managing Director of HomeServe West Yorkshire.

“There’s very little awareness of the fact that charcoal barbecues can pose a risk of carbon monoxide if the right precautions aren’t taken. That’s why we’re supporting Gas Safe Register by promoting some useful BBQ safety tips and encouraging local residents to take the right safety measures this summer.”

The six tips below have been provided by Gas Safe Register to help people enjoy their barbecues this summer and stay safe at the same time:

Six top tips for summer barbecue safety

  1. Avoid taking a smouldering or lit BBQ into a tent, caravan or cabin. Even if you’ve finished cooking, your BBQ can still give off fumes, so it’s a good idea to keep it outside.
  2. Never use a BBQ inside.
  3. Always ensure you can see your lit BBQ – don’t leave it lit whilst sleeping.
  4. The cooking area should be well away from your tent, cabin or caravan, and always ensure there is an adequate supply of fresh air.
  5. Use your BBQ in accordance with the operating instructions.
  6. Be aware of the signs and symptoms of CO poisoning - headaches, nausea, breathlessness, dizziness, collapse and loss of consciousness.

For more tips or information about barbecue safety from Gas Safe Register, visit: https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/help-and-advice/seasonal-advice/bbq-safety/

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