How Safe Is The BBQ Cooking Contest?

(Memphis) Thousands of people were at Tom Lee Park for the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.

Whether people are there to cook or to eat, it is important for everyone to stay safe.

WREG asked the questions to find out how safe the event is.

Metal poles, nuts, and bolts worked together to give customers a better view of the festival.

“We just went up top. It was a little shaky for me so I came on back down,” Linda Smallie said.

The woman said she felt uneasy.

“A little. Just a little,” Smallie said.

WREG went to the Memphis and Shelby County Code Enforcement Office to find out if the two-story scaffolding was safe.

“We just make sure they got safety features like guard rails, the code compliance stairs,” Allen Madlock said.

The Code Enforcement Office is in charge of making sure all of the safety details are taken care of.

“We make sure,” Madlock said.

“We’ve been doing it for about 20 years,” he added.

The agency checks everything from electricity to gases like butane tanks.

The two-level setups are usually built by professionals, according to Madlock.

“Anything over two levels – ground level and a second level – we require a structural engineer to make sure they don’t topple over,” he said.

No structures have tipped over, and no other incidents have been reported in recent years.

“Really its covered really good. If they see anything, they stop it,” Madlock said.

“You know it’s a fun event, but you want to make sure it’s a safe event first and foremost,” Holly Ford, Director of Marketing for Memphis In May, said.

Every participant or vendor must have their safety inspection certificates on display so you can check it out for yourself.

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