Appropriate planning and design considerations are essential in minimising risk, extending the product design life, and promoting the best use of public barbecues. This list will assist you in providing shared barbecues that are accessible, safe, and user-friendly.
Best practice highlights several issues you should consider when designing and specifying communal barbecue facilities are:
- Separate picnic and barbecue facilities from active recreation areas, such as playgrounds, swimming pools, or other activities. If necessary, erect a physical barrier to prevent children from accessing the cooking area
- Install barbecues in plain view to ensure that children near the facility are always visible and reduce opportunities for vandalism
- Ensure that there are no climbing aids such as trees or retaining walls in the immediate vicinity that may enable children to climb on top of the barbecue structure
- Provide a clear and accessible pathway to where the barbecue is installed and adequate circulation space and maintenance access.
- Allowing irrigation sprinklers to spray onto the barbecue may result in cleaning and maintenance issues and shorten the product’s design life.