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Keep your home safe from barbecue fires this summer

With a sunny summer at home in sight, it’s understandable that many of us will want to enjoy it by having a barbecue or two!

But as we’re all aware, barbecues have their own set of fire risks which shouldn’t be underestimated. To avoid firefighters arriving as your uninvited guests, we urge you to take a look at the advice below from the UK Fire Service, to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable experience:

General safety

Make sure your barbecue is in good working order

Ensure the barbecue is on a flat site, well away from trees and shrubs

Keep children, garden games and pets well away from the cooking area

Keep a bucket of water or sand nearby for emergencies

Never leave the barbecue unattended

Ensure the barbecue is cool before attempting to move it.

Charcoal barbecues

Use only enough charcoal to cover the base to a depth of about 2 inches

Only use recognised fire lighters or starter fuel and only on cold coals – use the minimum necessary and never use petrol

Never put hot ashes straight into a dustbin or wheelie bin – they could melt the plastic and cause a fire.

Gas barbecues

Make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder

Change cylinders outdoors if possible or in a well ventilated area

If you suspect a leak to the cylinder or pipe work, brush soapy water around the joints and watch for bubbles – tighten to fix but do not over tighten

After cooking, turn off the gas cylinder before turning off at the controls, to make sure that any residual gas in the pipe work is used up.

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