Barbecueing: what you should watch out for
Richard Eisler is the
CEO of comparis.ch
22 May 2012 - Living
It’s spring. With the warm weather, the first busy barbecue chefs appear in gardens and on balconies. A barbecue is fun. However, if carelessness is involved, the harmless grilling pleasure can turn into a dangerous fire inferno. Thus, certain safety precautions should be taken:
Grilling should only be done outside. Set up the grill with enough distance to flammable materials such as garden furniture or sunshades and similar objects. Children should be kept away from the burning grill.
Grill ignition bears accident potential as well. This is why you should never use liquid igniters for charcoal grills, but a chimney starter instead. Do not use petrol or methylated spirits to ignite the grill. If you do so, you will risk an explosion. After the barbecue, you should water the ashes well or let them cool out for at least 48 hours.
Caution is also required when using grills with gas: valves and pipes of a gas grill have to be checked regularly. This can be done well with soap water. If air bubbles emerge when checking the grill, the piping is damaged. Smokers should be banned from the gas grill.
If something should still happen, the damage has to be reported to the household insurance. Within the framework of the insured sum, this insurance covers damages to household effects caused by fire, water, events due to natural forces and theft.