Be the hero of the neigh­bour­hood grill?

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Noth­ing says sum­mer bet­ter than a bar­be­cue in the backyard!

Whether you’re want­ing to show the neigh­bours a lit­tle hos­pi­tal­ity, im­press your friends with some flamegrilled fan­fare or sim­ply cel­e­brate with the fam­ily.

Un­for­tu­nately this bar­be­cue sea­son has been any­thing but an en­ter­tainer’s dream for some peo­ple and the Fire Ser­vice has re­sponded to fires and mishaps that just shouldn’t have hap­pened.

Th­ese ba­sic tips will en­sure you’re the hero of the grill, and not the meat on it.

Make sure that your bar­be­cue is se­cure on its trol­ley or stand. Wonky wheels or shonky fit­tings can lead to an un­sta­ble sur­face and no-one wants a hot bar­be­cue fall­ing on their jan­dals. It’s a sure­fire recipe for burnt, squashed feet and does noth­ing for the sausages and steak.

Take some time to check the hose and O’rings on your bar­be­cue be­fore hook­ing up your newly filled gas bot­tle. Leak­ing gas and naked flame is never a good com­bi­na­tion. Keep your chil­dren and pets well clear of the bar­be­cue, and if you are the cook re­frain from drink­ing al­co­hol un­til the job is done. Al­ways re­mem­ber to turn off the gas at the bot­tle when you’re fin­ished.

Have a gar­den hose at the ready if your bar­be­cue isn’t gas-pow­ered and ex­tin­guish it fully once the food is on the ta­ble.

Clean­ing your bar­be­cue af­ter use is a great ex­cuse to get out of the dishes. A clean bar­be­cue is a safe bar­be­cue and this can be done while en­joy­ing a quiet drink of your choice.

There are also a few sim­ple rules to en­sure you avoid in­ter­est from coun­cil in­spec­tors and stay on­side with the neigh­bours if you’re look­ing at putting in a hangi or an umu:

Al­ways tell the friendly folk next door you’re go­ing to have a fire, what time you’re go­ing to start it and how long it’ll be go­ing for. There’s noth­ing worse for neigh­bourly re­la­tions than peg­ging up the last of the laun­dry, only to see it en­gulfed in smoke com­ing from the sec­tion next door.

En­sure you keep your fire clear of build­ings on your prop­erty and of course the neigh­bour’s fence. Keep a gar­den hose handy and make sure some­one is watch­ing the fire at all times.

Do call your lo­cal fire sta­tion and let them know your fire plans. This way staff can keep track of in­ten­tional fires burning in the area. It also gives them an idea of when might be a good time to pop by for a safety check (which may just con­ve­niently co­in­cide with the food be­ing dished up).

Fi­nally, a num­ber of ar­eas have a to­tal ban on burning rub­bish in backyards at this time of year. Coun­cils en­force strict rules on this and the Fire Ser­vice is obliged to re­port all in­ci­dents that it is called to. Please don’t put us in that po­si­tion; re­cy­cle or get your rub­bish re­moved by ac­cept­able meth­ods.

En­joy the rest of the sum­mer and be safe!

House fire: Make sure your sum­mer bar­be­cue doesn’t end badly.

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