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Outdoor fire safety

Published: 15 June 2018

Fire safety this summer

Now that the warmer evenings are with us, there is no better way to enjoy them than with a BBQ. But there are safety risks so whether you're cooking those sausages and burgers in your back garden, a park or a campsite, make sure you're not putting yourself and others at risk. Here are some tips on how to stay safe when cooking with a BBQ.

  • Make sure your BBQ is well away from sheds, trees, shrubs or tents. These can easily catch fire and spread quickly.
  • Never use petrol or paraffin to start or revive your barbecue; only use recognised lighters or starter fuels on coal.
  • Keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby for emergencies.
  • Empty cold ashes onto bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins. If they're hot, they can melt the plastic and start a fire.

It isn't just BBQs that can be a fire risk in the summer. Every year fires destroy thousands of acres of countryside and wildlife habitats. Some fires are started deliberately, but most are due to carelessness.

To reduce the risk of wildfires in our beautiful countryside please avoid open fires, it's always best to have them in safe, designated areas. Wildfires can often be caused by still lit cigarette ends so smokers please put out your cigarette properly before you leave your car and never throw them out of the car window.

You can find out lots more outdoor fire safety tips and advice on the Government's Fire Safety website.

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