Add petrol to a barbecue, and things escalate quickly.
Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has demonstrated this by setting up a controlled barbecue fire, to warn people to take care over the summer.
It's part of their 'Fire Kills' campaign, and they're offering the following advice:
- Never leave a lit barbecue unattended
- Follow the safety instructions
- Make sure you set it up well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste
- Use enough charcoal to cover the base of the BBQ, but no more
- Keep children, pets and garden games away
- After cooking, wait until the BBQ has cooled down before moving it
- Empty ashes onto bare garden soil, rather than bins. Hot ashes can melt the plastic and cause fires
- Don't drink too much alcohol if you're in charge of the BBQ
- Keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose close by for emergencies
- Never use a BBQ indoors
Not using the barbecue indoors is a particularly crucial point, because they emit carbon monoxide, a gas that's difficult to detect, but can be fatal.