The World Cup, coupled with warm weather, will make most want to invite their friends over and celebrate with a barbecue.
Cumbria Fire Service is advising how to keep your family and friends safe this summer.
How to barbecue safely:
- Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues.
- Never use a barbecue indoors or in a tent, even after the flames have died down. Even if barbecues are not flaming they can continue burning and could lead to carbon monoxide deaths if used indoors.
- Never leave a barbecue unattended.
- Make sure your barbecue is on a flat site, well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste.
- Use enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbecue, but not more (normally around 5cms or 2 inches).
- Keep children, pets and garden games away from the cooking area.
- 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.
- 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.
- Make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder.
- Change cylinders outdoors if possible or in a well ventilated area.
- If you suspect a leak to the cylinder or pipe work, brush soapy water around the joints and watch for bubbles – tighten to fix but do not overtighten.
- After cooking, turn off the gas cylinder before turning off at the controls to ensure any residual gas in the pipe work is used up.
For more advice, visit:
Fire Service - Barbecue safety (including building an open fire and camping)
NHS - Barbecue food safety