Firefighters have issued safety warnings after teenagers were seriously burnt lighting a barbecue with bio-ethanol over the weekend. One of the men is critically ill in hospital, with 'potentially life-changing' burns to over 50% of his body.
London Fire Brigade has issued warnings about the use of bio-ethanol:
Only use bio-ethanol fuel in fireboxes and containers designed for the product
This fuel is highly flammable and should be kept in containers tightly closed and away from any ignition sources
Never add fuel to a burning fire or overfill a fuel container and never fill up a firebox fuel container that is still hot
Extinguish all fires when leaving a room or before going to sleep
Clean up fuel spills with a damp cloth and dry completely
London Fire Brigade is warning those having summer barbecues to only use appropriate lighting methods, after three teenagers were burnt over the weekend.
It's thought the men had been struggling to ignite a charcoal barbecue when they lit bio-ethanol, causing it to 'burst into a fireball'. The fuel is specifically intended for indoor 'real flame' fires.
One of the men is critically ill in hospital, with 'potentially life-changing' burns to more than 50% of his body.
If this warm weather continues, we’re really concerned that we could be seeing more and more of these incidents unless people take greater care with their barbecues.We wish the three lads well and hope they recover quickly from their injuries.
Three teenagers have been seriously burned trying to use bio-ethanol to start a barbecue. An 18-year-old is critically ill with potentially life-changing burns to over 50% of his body. Another two men, both aged 19, were burnt on their arms and legs.