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Barbecues safety advice


  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Never leave a barbecue unattended.
  • 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.
  • Ensure the barbecue is on a flat surface.
  • 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 from a lit barbecue, they could knock it over.
  • Make sure the barbecue is fully extinguished after use. Leave embers to cool down overnight before disposal.

Be Carbon Monoxide Aware

Never use fuel-burning devices (e.g. disposable barbecues, camping stoves, camping heaters, lanterns, and charcoal grills) inside a tent. 

Using these indoors can cause Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning.

They give off fumes for hours and hours after you have used them - levels high enough to result in CO poisoning.

To avoid hazardous CO exposures, fuel-burning equipment should never be used inside a tent, camper, or other enclosed shelter.

Fuel-burning equipment can include:

  • camping stoves
  • camping heaters
  • lanterns
  • charcoal grills
  • disposable barbecues

Opening tent flaps, doors, or windows is insufficient to prevent build-up of CO concentrations from these devices. Also, when using fuel-burning devices outdoors, the exhaust should not vent into enclosed shelters.

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