Fire Service barbecue warning

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to be safe around barbecues this summer.

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Fire Service's tips for barbecue safety

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to be safety conscious about barbecues this summer.

The Fire Service have put together a list to ensure an enjoyable and safe barbecue in the hot weather.

  • Only use barbecues in suitable and safe areas and never indoors or in a tent.
  • Make sure the coals are cool before you move the barbecue and always keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby in case of emergencies.
  • Only use recommended fluids, fire lighters and never petrol.

Gary Elston, Community Safety Officer, said: "This may seem like a long list but most of these things are common sense. By far the biggest danger is the use of flammable liquids to light on the barbecue."

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Fire Service warn of barbecue dangers

Fire Service warn of barbecue dangers Credit: PA Wire

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service are warning people to be barbecue safe this summer.

As the weather is set to improve, the fire service is urging people to be extra safe around barbecues - especially when lighting them.

Gary Elston, Community Safety Officer, said: "To make sure your event is enjoyable and safe, please make yourself familiar with safety precautions surrounding barbecues. Also, if you've planned a barbecue and the weather lets you down, don't take the barbecue indoors or into a tent.

"In recent years, some people have suffered carbon dioxide poisoning as a result, so we are urging everyone to stay safe this summer."

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