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Barbecue safe this summer!


Date: 12th July, 2022

Now that the warm, light evenings are with us and the summer holidays are fast approaching, barbecues are beginning to sizzle across Dorset and Wiltshire.

But behind the bangers and burgers, summer fun has a serious side. Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, as part of the Fire Kills campaign, is asking everyone to take extra care when cooking al fresco, especially when lighting barbecues.

Prevention Delivery Manager Ian Hopkins said “It’s natural to want to go outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather with family and friends – many of us can’t wait to get the barbecue lit. We all know how tempting it can be to give stubborn coals a helping hand, but, please be patient and make sure you use the right tools for the job.

“And if you’ve planned a barbecue and the weather lets you down, don’t take the barbecue indoors or into a tent.  This can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning as well as fire, so we are urging everyone to stay safe this summer.”

By following the Fire Kills campaign’s top tips, you can ensure your barbecue is a safe, enjoyable event:

In closing Ian Hopkins said: “This may seem a long list but most of these things are common sense.  By far the biggest danger is the use of flammable liquids to light the barbecue.   We have had a couple of occasions where people have poured petrol onto the charcoal in an effort to get it going and the reaction has, not surprisingly, been violent and highly dangerous.   Prepare well in advance and light the charcoal early.   Most of all, enjoy yourself safely”.

 

For more information on stay fire safe outdoors, please visit our website https://www.dwfire.org.uk/safety/safety-outdoors/

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