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Barbecue safety tips



Having a barbecue? Here are some simple safety tips we've put together with Avon Fire & Rescue.   

  1. Make sure 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 use petrol or paraffin - use only recognised lighters or starter fuels on cold coals.
  7. For charcoal barbecues, only use the minimum fuel necessary.
  8. For gas barbecues, check that 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. Make sure 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.

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