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!
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.