Don’t invite fire to your BBQ

Now that the warm, light evenings are with us and the summer holidays are fast approaching, barbecues are beginning to sizzle!
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But behind the bangers and burgers, summer fun has a serious side and it is important to take extra care with lighting barbecues. By following the top tips below you can ensure your barbecue is a safe, enjoyable event. 

  • Never leave a lit barbecue unattended
  • Follow the safety instructions on disposable barbecues
  • Never use a barbecue indoors
  • Make sure your barbecue is well away from your house and guttering as well as sheds, fences, trees and garden waste
  • Keep children, pets and garden games away from the cooking area
  • After cooking, make sure the barbecue is cool before moving it
  • Use enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbecue, but not more
  • Empty ashes onto bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins. If they’re hot, they can melt the plastic and cause a fire
  • Enjoy yourself, but don’t drink too much alcohol if you are in charge of the barbecue
  • Always keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby for emergencies. 

For more fire safety information, visit www.midlandheart.org.uk/firesafety.

25th June 2018 | Customer News | News