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BBQ Safety Warning as Heatwave is on its Way

Date : 22 July 2019


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A heatwave is on its way and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service would like sunshine revellers to take extra care if deciding to have a BBQ.

This warning comes after crews attended a BBQ-related fire yesterday (21 July) in Peasmarsh, where Rye firefighters extinguished the fire, located in a yard.

Following just a few safety tips could help prevent this type of fire and although barbcues are a great way to an enjoy a sunny day, it’s also very easy for these to get out of control.

Follow these few simple rules to stay safe:

Setting up and getting started

  • Set up your barbecue on level ground away from bushes, tents or other buildings
  • Put only about 2 inches of charcoal in the barbecue and keep the rest away from the fire
  • Only use recommended fluids or firelighters and never petrol
  • Wear suitable clothing
  • Be careful when cooking fatty foods to avoid flare-ups
  • Make sure the coals are cool before trying to move the barbecue and empty ash onto garden soil
  • Never empty into a dustbin
  • Have a means of extinguishing any fire in an emergency on hand

Disposable barbecues

  • Consider how you will dispose of your barbecue once you have finished with it. Some areas have dedicated barbecue bins however you should always ensure your barbecue is fully cooled before disposing of it by pouring cold water on it. A barbecue that is still warm and not fully extinguished could re-ignite and cause a fire.
  • Never take a smouldering or lit BBQ into a tent, caravan or cabin.
  • Even if you have finished cooking your BBQ should remain outside as it will still give off fumes for some hours after use putting you at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Find out more ways to stay safe and make yours a safer home.

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