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Islanders asked to take care if barbecuing over the Bank Holiday weekend

Cases of food poisoning almost double during the summer due to undercooking meat. Credit: PA Images

Islanders are being reminded to take care if barbecuing over the Bank Holiday weekend, whether on the beach or at home.

It is because cases of food poisoning almost double during the summer due to undercooking meat, according to health professionals.

Environmental Health and the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) have issued the following advice for barbecuing:

  • Pre-cook meat in the oven and then finish it off on the barbecue
  • Check your meat is cooked on the inside, not just charred on the outside
  • Do not wash raw chicken or other meat as it splashes germs
  • Store meats separately before cooking to avoid cross-contamination
  • Use different utensils, plates and chopping boards for raw and cooked meat

In addition to health and safety, Jersey Fire and Rescue also has a strong message for islanders regarding barbecuing.

We are seeing the return of some hot and sunny weather this week and we want islanders to enjoy it to the full. However, over the summer we have attended many bin fires, where people have used the disposable barbecues and then put them into dustbins before they have cooled sufficiently.

We would like to remind people to ensure that their barbecues are cold before disposing of them, ideally by pouring water over them and allowing them time to go cold or by putting the barbecues alongside the bins if they are still warm. It is crucial that all gas barbecues are well maintained and checked before use.

– Ryan Hall, Station Commander

The service has issued the following top tips:

  • Be carbon monoxide aware as charcoal emits the toxic gas, so keep your barbecue down wind and in open air
  • Place your barbecue in a safe area, away from gorse and heathland that is easily lit
  • Never leave you barbecue unattended
  • Be careful when disposing of ashes as they still may be hot
  • Have a bucket of water or sand nearby the barbecue in case of emergencies
  • Do not drop matches or cigarettes or use a naked flame anywhere near heathland
  • Make sure your gas barbecue is in good working order
  • Read manufacturer’s instructions about how to check for leaks in the
  • connections and hoses and that the regulator is correctly fitted