Make sure your barbecue site is flat and away from fences, trees and sheds.
Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby, in case of emergencies.
Use only enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbecue to a depth of about 5cms (2 inches).
Never use petrol or paraffin to start or revive your fires; use only recognised lighters or starter fuel, on cold coals.
Keep children, garden games and pets away from barbecues and chimineas.
If you have a gas barbecue, make sure that it is in good working order and that the joints are safely and securely tightened.