‘Urgent’ disposable barbecue advice this summer

Disposable BBQ

With the warmest weeks of summer just around the corner, families and holidaymakers have been offered tips to ensure they enjoy their disposable barbecues safely and responsibly.

Travel experts at have offered essential advice to help everyone use disposable barbecues safely – from choosing the right location to properly disposing of the barbecues afterwards.

Several countries and regions have imposed bans or restrictions on disposable barbecues due to their associated wildfire risks and environmental impacts, and some major supermarket chains have even decided to limit the sale of disposable barbecues in order to help protect the environment and reduce fire risks​.

But disposable barbecues can be a convenient way to cook outdoors, and they can be safely enjoyed as long as they’re used carefully and responsibly.

Simple steps such as selecting a safe spot, supervising the barbecue at all times, and ensuring proper disposal can be crucial for preventing accidents and protecting the environment.

John Charnock, CEO of said: “Summer is the most popular season for barbecues all around the globe, but it’s important to use them responsibly to avoid accidents and wildfires – particularly the disposable kind.

“Following a few basic safety tips can help ensure a fun and safe barbecue experience.

“Using a disposable barbecue doesn’t require a lot of effort, but it does require attention to safety details.

“By following these simple steps, you can enjoy your outdoor cooking while keeping everyone safe and protecting our natural surroundings.”

How to safely use disposable barbecues this summer

  1. Choose a safe location: Set up your barbecue on a flat, non-flammable surface far away from grass, bushes, and trees. Ensure it is placed in a well-ventilated area and away from tents, furniture, and other structures.
  2. Use on a non-flammable surface: Place the barbecue on a fireproof base, such as gravel or concrete, rather than directly on grass or wooden surfaces, which can catch fire.
  3. Never leave it unattended: Always, have someone supervising the barbecue while it is in use. Keep children and pets at a safe distance to prevent accidents and burns.
  4. Be mindful of wind conditions: Avoid using a disposable barbecue in windy conditions, as this can spread flames and embers, increasing the risk of starting a fire.
  5. Have water or sand nearby: Keep a bucket of water, sand, or a fire extinguisher close at hand to quickly extinguish any unexpected flames or embers.
  6. Dispose of responsibly: After use, allow the barbecue to cool completely before disposing of it. Never leave a lit or smouldering barbecue unattended. Once cooled, place it in a metal bin or a designated barbecue disposal unit, ensuring it is fully extinguished.
  7. Avoid using in dry, fire-prone areas: Check local fire warnings and restrictions before using a barbecue. In areas prone to wildfires or during periods of high fire risk, consider using alternative cooking methods.
  8. Do not use indoors: Never use a disposable barbecue indoors or in enclosed spaces, including tents and caravans, as this can lead to deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
  9. Protect wildlife: Be mindful of wildlife and avoid using disposable barbecues in natural habitats where animals may be disturbed or harmed.
  10. Dispose of responsibly: Never use a disposable barbecue indoors or in enclosed spaces, including tents and caravans, as this can lead to deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.

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