The Australian summer beckons with its bright, sunny days and balmy evenings, inviting everyone to embrace the outdoor lifestyle that Aussies hold dear. The heart of this lifestyle often pulses on the timber decks of homes across the country, where family and friends gather to share laughter, stories, and, most importantly, great food. As summer approaches, homeowners are getting ready for the season of entertaining, ensuring their decks are well-maintained and ready to host the celebrations.
Deck Maintenance: Preparing for Summer
Preparation is key to making the most of Australia’s outdoor living culture. Before the summer rush, it’s important to inspect your deck for any signs of wear and tear. Look for loose boards, splinters, and any structural damages that may have occurred over the cooler months. A thorough cleaning to remove dirt and grime, followed by sealing or re-staining, will not only protect your deck from the elements but also create a welcoming environment for your guests. Your yearly deck maintenance will make sure this preparation is done with a minimum of fuss.
The Joy of Barbecuing on your Deck
Part of the Australian outdoor culture is entertaining which includes the BBQ – it’s almost a cultural icon. There’s something about gathering around the grill, the aroma of sizzling food filling the air. However, barbecuing on a wooden deck requires careful consideration to ensure safety and prevent accidents.
Understanding the Risks
The risk of fire is a primary concern when barbecuing on a wooden deck. Sparks and hot embers can easily ignite wooden surfaces, especially in the presence of flammable substances like grease and oil.
Implementing Safety Measures
To ensure a safe and enjoyable barbecuing experience, it’s essential to adopt precautionary measures:
- Strategic Positioning: Keep the barbecue at a safe distance from flammable materials, including deck railings and overhead coverings. It should also be positioned away from the house and other structures.
- Use of Grill Mats: Investing in a high-quality, flame-resistant grill mat will provide a protective barrier between the barbecue and your wooden deck, catching grease and sparks.
- Maintenance Routine: Regular cleaning of the barbecue is vital. Accumulated grease not only poses a fire risk but can also affect the taste of your food.
- Emergency Preparedness: A fire extinguisher or a bucket of sand should be within easy reach whenever you’re barbecuing.
- Barbecue Inspection: Before lighting up, inspect your barbecue for any gas leaks or structural issues, especially if it hasn’t been used for a while.
Choosing the Right BBQ
Whether you prefer the smoky flavours from a charcoal grill, the convenience of gas, or the simplicity of an electric barbecue, each type comes with specific safety protocols. Familiarise yourself with the manufacturer’s guidelines to ensure you’re using your BBQ correctly and safely.
By taking the necessary precautions and ensuring your deck is in top condition, you can confidently enjoy the Australian tradition of summer barbecuing. It’s about being proactive, understanding the risks, and creating a safe environment where the joys of outdoor living can be fully appreciated.
If you have any questions regarding your deck and being summer ready make sure you contact us soon to ensure your deck is summer ready.