The rise of the thermometer signals the start of a national obsession with barbeques and an urge to explore the great outdoors with a campaign trip or two.
Follow these tips to stay safe in the summer.
- Never use petrol or paraffin to start or revive your barbecue.
- Keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby for emergencies.
- Never leave a barbecue unattended.
- Keep barbecues away from sheds, fences, shrubs or garden waste.
- Empty hot ashes and coals onto bare earth to cool down, never place them in a wheelie bin.
- If using a gas barbecue, make sure the gas valve is turned off before changing the gas cylinder.
- Never store gas cylinders under the stairs – if there is a fire they might explode and block your escape route.
CAMPING AND CARAVAN SAFETY:
- Ensure caravans and tents are at least six metres apart and away from parked cars – this will reduce the risk of a fire spreading should one occur.
- Keep a tourch handy for emergencies – never use lighted candles.
- Have a working smoke alarm fitted in your caravan.
- Never use candles in or near a tent and don't cook inside a small tent.
- Never take a barbecue into a tent to provide warmth – they produce carbon monoxide which is a silent, deadly killer.
- Make sure you know how to escape by cutting your way out of the tent if there is a fire.