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Our Summer BBQ and Bonfire Safety Advice

Outdoor BBQ and Fire Safety Advice

Following a recent incident we attended where a bonfire got out of control and affected surrounding buildings, we are sending out reminders about the dangers of fire during hot and dry weather. The hot weather is due to return this week, grass areas are still very dry so there is a need to be extra careful.

We are also asking all sunshine revellers to take extra care if deciding to have a BBQ and in particular the fire risks of using a disposable BBQ which have been the source of numerous grass fires. Although BBQs are a wonderful way to an enjoy a sunny day, following just a few safety tips could help prevent these types of fire and help keep you and your family safe.


  • Bonfires can spread more rapidly due to dry windy weather.
  • Keep any garden waste or refuse away from any buildings and kept out of direct sunlight.
  • Do not have bonfires, barbecues, or campfires in open areas as they rapidly spread out of control and can be the cause of some wildfires.
  • keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby - in case of emergencies
  • don't leave the bonfire unattended
  • keep children and pets away from the bonfire
  • don't throw any fireworks into the fire
  • don't burn aerosols, tyres, canisters or anything containing foam or paint - many produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode, causing injury 


  • Set up your barbecue on level ground away from any garden waste, bushes, trees 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 coals into a dustbin
  • Have a means of extinguishing any fire in an emergency on hand

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Latest Update :
02 August 2022
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