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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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