Top tips for keeping your braai burn-free


Heritage Day is around the corner – and with it the start of “braai season”, so now’s the time to check your equipment and make sure those deliciously lazy weekend afternoons around the braai won’t end in any kind of mishap.

For a start, whoever cooks at your braai should wear a heavy apron to protect their clothes, and an oven glove that reaches high up over the forearm to prevent burns from flames or spattering fat.

He or she should also have proper long braai tongs to turn the meat and if you are using a portable braai, it should always be placed on a level surface.

If you prefer a good old-fashioned braai with hardekool, or a really hot charcoal fire, just remember that these fuels produce carbon monoxide when burning, so should really only be used outside – and away from any trees or structure that could catch fire, like a canvas gazebo or thatched lapa.

Children and animals should also be kept away from the braai as it is all too easy for them to bump into it when playing and get a really nasty burn – or cause someone else to be injured. 

Of course you should never use petrol or any other liquid fuel to ignite a fire, but it is also important to make sure all coals are extinguished when your braai is over – leaving a smoldering fire unattended is just asking for trouble.

If you prefer a quick and clean gas grill, you will need to maintain it carefully to avoid potential health and fire hazards. You should check hoses and vents regularly for any blockages, burns or signs of wear and tear, and make sure all connections are airtight to prevent gas leaks. And finally, gas cylinders must be stored upright and preferably not in the house or under the grill.

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