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As summer starts, it is that time of year again when you may want to get your BBQ out or do work in the garden, but did you know that 50,000 fires occur in refuse and rubbish containers (including wheelie bins and skips) each year?

Below we have listed some easy tips to help keep you and your family fire safe while outdoors this year:

  • Make sure your BBQ is far enough away from flammable objects such as sheds, fences, garden furniture and shrubs.
  • Place your fire pit or BBQ on level ground where it shouldn’t tip over. Disposable BBQs should always be placed on bricks, never directly on grass.
  • Use approved BBQ fuel and firelighters, never petrol or paraffin.
  • Don’t move a fire pit or BBQ once lit.
  • Always wear protective gloves and clothing when handling hot grills.
  • Never burn rubbish such as aerosol cans, paint tins, foam furniture or batteries.
  • Keep a bucket of water, sand or a hosepipe handy.
  • Keep children away and animals should remain in the house.
  • Never leave a BBQ or fire unattended.
  • Enjoy yourself, but don’t drink too much alcohol if you are in charge of the BBQ.
  • BBQs are not allowed on balconies.

You can find out more about outdoor fire safety here. 

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