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Barbecue safety tips



Now the barbecue summer's here, we bring you some simple tips to check before you start sizzling those sausages.

  1. Ensure the barbecue is strong, sturdy and in good working order.
  2. Place it on level ground to avoid it tipping over.
  3. Never have a barbecue on a balcony.
  4. Keep it well clear of any trees, shrubs, or flammable objects.
  5. Keep children and animals well away.
  6. Never pour on petrol or other accelerants.
  7. For charcoal barbecues, only use the minimum fuel necessary.
  8. For gas barbecues, ensure the tap is turned off before changing the cylinder.
  9. Never leave the barbecue unattended.
  10. Keep a bucket of water or sand close by.
  11. Ensure the barbecue is cool before attempting to move it.
  12. Never bring a barbecue indoors, even if you think it's burned out - it could give off carbon monoxide.

For more tips and some free recipes, check out Avon Fire & Rescue's BBQ safety guides.

There's more fire safety advice here.

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