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How to practice good fire safety in hot weather

Practice good fire safety when enjoying a BBQ this Bank Holiday weekend. Photo: PA

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.


  • 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.