BBQ-steaks-BLOGMove over Great British Bake Off – there’s a new cookery programme in town. As BBQ Champ launches on TV tonight, here are some tips for a safe cooking experience.

Hooray! The forecast is good this weekend.

And after salivating over all those juicy steaks and flaming briskets on the telly tonight, plenty of people will be hitting the garden. Tongs will be wielded.

But barbecues are precarious things. Those crowds of people bustling around hot flames, prolonged sun exposure, the renowned British love of al fresco boozing.

It all adds up to almost 2,000 emergency hospital admissions each year. So it pays to be prepared.

Barbecue burns

Obviously, this is the big danger at any barbecue. Whether it’s open flames or scalding hot surfaces, doing the right thing immediately is crucial.BBQ-Burn-hose-BLOG

1. Cool the burn under cold running water for at least ten minutes. (Yes: ten minutes. Your skin is essentially ‘cooking’ after being burned, so it needs this cooling period.)

2. After the burn has been cooled, cover it with cling film or a clean plastic bag.

3. If necessary, call 999 or get someone else to do it.

Video: how to treat a burn injury.


With all those bones and bits of gristle, barbecued meat isn’t always the easiest food to get down your gullet. If somebody does get food stuck…Choking-man-BLOG

1. Hit them firmly on their back between the shoulder blades to dislodge the object.

2. If necessary, call 999 or get someone else to do it.

Video: how to help someone who is choking.

Drink and dehydration

Blazing sun! Very few clothes! Loads of booze! What could possibly go wrong? Er…quite a lot, actually.Booze-BLOG

Alcohol causes dehydration, which can hit especially hard if your body’s already struggling to cope with the weather. Try to drink in moderation. (Except for water, which you should guzzle regularly.)


After standing for hours in the heat waiting for a burger – or maybe just having one Pimms too many – barbecues can become too much for some people.Fainted-legs-BLOG

If someone is feeling faint…

1. Help them to lie down and raise their legs This will help the blood pump up to their brain and should make them feel better.

2. Stay with them until they feel better and help them to slowly sit up.

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