Using a BBQ safely. 

  • Barbecues should never be left unattended.
  • They should always be used on a flat surface.
  • If using charcoal, only use enough to cover the base of the barbecue to a depth of about 50mm (2 inches).
  • Only use firelighters and fuel especially designed for use with barbecues.
  • When you’ve finished the barbecue dampen the ash with water to ensure it’s out; never dispose of hot ash into a dustbin.

Gas BBQs


  • If you are using a gas barbecue, check it for leaks and cracks to the cylinder and pipework – if it is damaged don’t use it.
  • If you suspect the cylinder is leaking remove it to a well ventilated area, away from all ignition sources, and contact the supplier immediately.
  • When you’ve finished cooking, turn off the gas cylinder before you turn off the controls to ensure any residual gas is used up.

Be Moor Aware

BBQs are banned on moorland across West Yorkshire.

Fines of up to £2,500 are in place. 

If you see somebody with a BBQ on moorland, dial 999 and ask for the fire service.

Image of burning countryside. Reads: one family BBQ. 700 Hectares of countryside destroyed.