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Press Release - Having a BBQ tonight?
Posted on 12/07/2017

A long hot summer is what we all hope for, whether it’s in the garden having a BBQ with family and friends, a weekend away under canvas, putting your caravan back on the road or spending time exploring our wonderful coastline both on and in the water.

To stay safe this summer and make the most of the weather follow our top safety tips for the great outdoors so you can ensure that your adventures are safe and enjoyable ones.

If you’ve planned a BBQ and the weather lets you down, don’t take the BBQ indoors or into a tent.  In recent years, some people have sadly succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning as a result. Enjoy yourself safely.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is difficult to detect because it is colourless and has no taste or smell. People often don’t realise that they are being overcome by fumes until it is too late.

Top Tips
• Don’t be distracted by friends and family.
• Check your barbeque is in good working order.
• Make sure your barbeque site is flat and away from fences, trees and sheds.
• Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby, in case of emergencies.
• Use only enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbeque to a depth of about 5 centimetres (2 inches).
• Never use petrol or paraffin to start, or revive, your barbeque – use only barbeque fire lighters or starter fuel on cold coals.
• Keep children and pets away from the cooking area.
• Don’t leave the barbeque unattended.
• Never put hot ashes straight into a dustbin or wheelie bin - they could melt the plastic and cause a fire.
• If using a charcoal barbeque only use enough charcoal to cover the base to a depth of about 50mm (2 inches).

Make the call
To request a Home Fire Safety Check call free on: 0800 0502999. For any other fire safety advice, contact the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue helpline on: 01392 872288 or visit our website.

For summer safety advice and to download our leaflets visit our webpage.

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