Barbecue safety warning as warmer weather comes

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Likely increase in BBQ incidents with the warmer weather.


A City of Edinburgh fire officer is warning people to be extra careful when using barbecues.

The warning comes following an incident that happened earlier this week.

Crews from Crewe Toll fire station were called to an incident on Monday evening which involved a casualty who had suffered minor burns while trying to light a barbecue.

Crews were also called out over the weekend to barbecues that had been left unattended and still lit.

With the warmer weather here it is likely that there will be an increase in barbecues and potential fire risks.

One of the main causes of fire is the careless disposal of BBQ’s into bins, some of which already contained combustible materials.

Group Manager David Girrity said: “We want people to enjoy the good weather and stay safe at the same time.

"Every year we get called out to deal with barbecues. We want people to make sure they follow the manufacturers' guidance and make sure they stay safe.

“By following some simple rules, you can ensure your barbecue is a safe and enjoyable event.”

  • Make sure your barbecue site is flat and away from fences, trees and sheds.
  • All BBQ’s should be raised from grass areas to avoid burning or scolding.
  • Keep a bucket of water or large bottle of water nearby, in case of emergencies.
  • Use only enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbecue to a depth of about five centimetres (two inches).
  • Never use petrol or paraffin to start, or revive your barbecue – use only barbecue firelighters or starter fuel on cold coals.
  • Keep children and pets away from the cooking area.
  • Never leave the barbecue unattended.
  • After cooking, make sure the barbecue is cool before trying to move it.
  • Hot ashes can melt a plastic wheelie bin and can cause a fire.
  • Avoid alcohol if you are in charge of a barbeque.

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