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Keep looking while you’re cooking

15 November 2016

Kiwis love their BBQs, but we all need to use a bit of common sense to avoid accidentally damaging other property – especially as foliage can be tinder-dry during our hot summer months. Here are a few thought starters.

  • Location, location, location. When using your BBQ keep it away from buildings, hedges or anything that’s potentially flammable should the wind pick up. 
  • Keep looking when you're cooking. A frying pan of oil, even on the BBQ, can ignite in less than 60 seconds.
  • Look after the little ones. Make sure the kids are supervised while the barbie is on, as well as when it’s cooling down. 
  • Check and clean. When finished, check you’ve turned the gas off properly, or thoroughly doused the ashes before leaving it unattended. And remember to clean off any excess fat to prevent a fire next time you use it. 
  • BBQ WoF. Check and maintain fittings and connections, and if your gas barbie needs servicing ensure it’s according to manufacturer instructions.
  • Get a fire extinguisher and learn how to use it. Already have one? Check it each year to see that it’s in good working order. For more great advice, check out the New Zealand Fire Service website.
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