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Barbecues & bonfires

outdoor_firesOver 193,000 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.

Bonfires

  • 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.

More information on bonfire safety & the law.

 

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