A man suffered burns to his right arm after he attempted to light a barbeque using a can of petrol in Rayleigh in Essex.
The 42 year old was treated by paramedics who were called to the scene.Firefighters say the incident serves as a warning to people to take care if they're having a barbeque.
– Divisional Officer Stuart McMillan
We all enjoy a barbeque but by taking a few simple precautions you can make sure that everyone barbeques safely. This incident show how dangerous it can be to use accelerants to light a barbeque. No one should ever use petrol or paraffin, only use approved barbeque lighters.
Key things the fire service is warning people to remember:
- Make sure your barbecue is placed on level ground where it will not tip over
- Keep barbecues away from the house, sheds, fences, garden furniture and overhanging trees or shrubs.
- Only use approved barbecue fuel or fire lighters. Never use petrol or paraffin.
- Never leave the barbecue unattended
- Watch out when you are cooking fatty foods. Lots of fat spilling onto the coals might make them flare up.
- When you've finished cooking, make sure the barbecue is cool before you move it.
- Empty the spent ash onto bare garden soil - never put it in the dustbin.