Barbecues & bonfires
Over 400,000 incidents are caused by outdoor fires each year, causing hundreds of injuries. Many of these are caused by careless use of barbecues and bonfires.
Barbecue safety advice
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Only use flammable liquids which are recommended for this task.
- Keep your barbecue a safe distance from fences, sheds, bushes and anything else which may catch fire.
- Don't take barbecues – especially disposable ones – onto moors, woodland or near undergrowth.
- Have a container of water on hand to douse flames.
- Don't wear loose clothing.
- Keep pets away.
- Make sure the barbecue is fully extinguished after use. Leave embers to cool down overnight before disposal.
- Build your bonfire downwind and well away from buildings, trees, bushes or other flammable materials.
- Clear away grass to form a circle of earth around the fire.
- Build the fire stack so than it collapses inward when burning.
- Watch for flying embers and sparks.
- Don't use petrol or paraffin to start the fire.
- Don't leave the fire unattended.
- Never throw aerosol or LPG containers on the fire.
- Ensure the fire is put out and cover the ashes with earth.
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