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How to keep safe whilst having a barbecue

Summer is approaching which means many of us will be bringing out our barbecues ready for garden parties with friends and family. Barbecues are something most of us will hold throughout the next couple of months, but it’s important to ensure you’re taking the right precautions to prevent injuries to you and your guests, as well as damage to your property and others around you.

Here’s a few tips to ensure your barbecue doesn’t end badly:

  • Always keep a bucket of water, sand or have a garden hose nearby for emergencies.
  • Don’t leave the barbecue unattended.
  • When setting up your barbecue make sure it is on flat ground.
  • Never position your barbecue near a fence panel or any trees/shrubs.
  • Don’t let children or pets near the barbecue.
  • Never use petrol to light your barbecue.
  • Portable barbecues should never be used in a tent, caravan or inside a small space.
  • Don’t dispose of ashes until they have completely cooled down.

Should anyone’s clothes catch on fire, you should never run as this can fuel the flames. Stop, Drop and Roll immediately! This puts out the flames as quickly as possible.

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