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Stay fire safe this summer

Stay fire safe this summer

Summer is here and many of us will be getting the barbecue going once again and having a good time with friends and family. To enjoy your barbecues safely, fire services recommend:

  • Enjoy yourself, but don’t drink too much alcohol if you are in charge of the barbecue or doing any cooking
  • Keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby for emergencies
  • Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues
  • Never use petrol or paraffin to start or revive your barbecue; use only recognised lighters
  • Make sure your barbecue is well away from houses, sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste
  • Empty ashes onto bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins. If they’re hot, they can melt the plastic and start a fire
  • Dispose of waste items properly

With people cooking outside, it’s even more important that waste items are disposed of properly. Old furniture, rubbish bags and garden waste can all be flammable material, especially in hot weather.

Not only is dumping waste a fire hazard, it’s also against the law. Fly-tipping is illegal so instead check if there’s a household waste recycling centre near you, or contact your council who may be able to remove larger items for a small charge. Local charities often collect furniture for free and recycle it – even better for the environment.

 

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