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."
Firefighters from Hampshire will today compete in a national rescue competition.
The event will see the fire services race to carry out the specialist tasks.
Lee Harvey, Hampshire's Extrication Team Manager, said: "This is a great opportunity for us to practise our specialist skills and for our firefighters to tackle some of the more unusual situations which they might encounter during their career."
Hampshire Fire and Rescue service has praised students for responding so quickly to alarms, after a fire broke out on the 12th floor of an apartment block.
A significant fire had broken out in the kitchen of the flat and on discovering there was a person unaccounted for we quickly carried out a search operation to locate and lead the casualty to safety. Our positive and prompt firefighting action then stopped the fire spreading beyond the kitchen.
– Group Manager Dave Turner, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has revealed its investigations into the recent spate of fires in thatched properties has established a common link.
Although investigations into the causes of these fires are still ongoing, early indications suggest they have been caused by excessive heat being transferred through the chimney or the chimney liner to the thatch, therefore creating an ignition source.
Each of the properties involved had wood burners installed as a main heating source.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is calling for all residential tower blocks in the country to be fitted with sprinkler systems - after the death of two of the service's firemen.
Alan Bannon and James Shears died in the blaze at Shirley Towers in April 2010. Following their own investigation into the incident the fire service also says measures to make tower blocks safer are not being implemented quickly enough.
The interviewees in Martin Dowse's report are: John Bonney, the Chief Officer of Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service; Lin Trott, Alan Bannon's sister; Nick Cross, the Head of Housing for Southampton City Council; and Dave Curry the Director of the Chief Fire Officers' Association.