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Barbecue safe this summer

Now that the warm, light evenings are with us, barbecues are beginning to sizzle across Derbyshire. But behind the bangers and burgers, summer fun has a serious side. Which is why, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is asking everyone to take extra care when cooking al fresco this summer.

Station Manager Steve Ratcliffe said “Last year Derbyshire Firefighters responded to 248 accidental outdoor fires, including fires in peoples’ gardens because of barbecues going wrong. So, before people dust the cobwebs off their trusted barbecue, we’re asking everyone to follow our advice for a safe and enjoyable summer.

“However, if disaster does strike, keep calm, get everyone to safety as quickly as possible, and call 999.”

Positioning your barbecue to prevent a fire:

  • Never use a barbecue indoors – even when you have finished cooking with it, it can still give off fumes that can give you carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning
  • Make sure your barbecue is well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste
  • Keep children, pets and garden games away from the cooking.

Getting your barbecue started safely:

  • Never use petrol or paraffin to start or revive your barbecue; only use recognised lighters or starter fuels on cold coals
  • Use enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbecue
  • Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues.

Staying safe when your barbecue is in full swing:

  • Never leave your lit barbecue unattended
  • Enjoy yourself, but don’t drink too much alcohol if you are in charge of the barbecue
  • Always keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby for emergencies
  • In the event of a fire call 999 immediately.

Pack away safely and prevent a fire:

  • After cooking, make sure the barbecue is cool before moving it
  • Empty ashes onto bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins. If they’re hot, they can melt the plastic and cause a fire.

For more information visit our website, or follow us on social media @DerbyshireFRS.