Burnt burgers are the least of your worries – barbecue safely this summer

With June’s weather forecast showing signs of sunshine, Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) are calling for local people to grill safely this summer.

The BBQ is a British summertime staple. For many people, warm weather is synonymous with a dash to the shops to get burgers, buns and a disposable grill. Whilst barbecues can be had safely, AF&RS are calling for people to heed advice and consider the risks.

Prevention Manager Nikki Rice said: “We know that people like a summer barbecue, and we don’t want to spoil anyone’s summer fun.

“That said, careless cooking can cause serious damage, and it’s important to consider how to keep yourself safe when you’re preparing food, especially barbecuing.”

How can you stay safe? It’s as easy as the three Os:

Outside: Never use a barbecue indoors, on a balcony or in any kind of conservatory or greenhouse.

Out of the way: Keep barbecues well out of the way of trees, fences, bushes and other garden features. If you’re out and about, make sure that you are barbecuing in an area where it is legal and safe to do so and on a flat, non-flammable surface. Keep your barbecue out of reach of children, pets and beach balls or lawn games.

Out for good: When you have finished barbecuing, make sure the barbecue is out. After cooking, make sure the barbecue is cool before moving it. Empty cooled ashes onto bare garden soil, not into grass, dustbins, or wheelie bins. If they’re hot, they can melt the plastic and cause a fire.

It’s essential that you follow individual safety instructions for the barbecue that you are using, even if you feel confident. Always ask for help if you need it, and avoid consuming excessive amounts of alcohol as this can impair your ability to barbecue safely.

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