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Safety warning after discarded barbecue causes fire


Date: 14th June, 2018

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people to take extra care when disposing of barbecues, after a fire in Lyme Regis on 9 June.

The car park attendant’s hut and an adjacent bin were destroyed after fire broke out in the bin shortly before 4am. A crew from Lyme Regis fire station attended and used two hose reel jets to extinguish the blaze.

It is believed that a disposable barbecue had been placed into the bin before it had cooled fully, and then smouldered for some hours before catching alight.

A Service spokesman said: “At this time of year, lots of people will be using barbecues and we urge them to take proper precautions to prevent the risk of fire. In Lyme Regis, there are designated bins for the safe disposal of barbecues, otherwise always ensure that coals are completely cold before being thrown away, ideally by damping down with water. You should never dispose of hot barbecue ashes in plastic rubbish bins, as this can easily start a fire.”

Other top tips for the safe use of barbecues include:

For more fire safety information, please visit www.dwfire.org.uk/safety

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