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Stay fire-safe this summer

As the days get longer and warmer, we’re all eager to get outside and enjoy the summer months. Here are some tips and advice to ensure your summer is fire-safe! 

When using a barbecue: 

  • Make sure your barbecue is on a stable base and well away from buildings, sheds, fences, trees, shrubs, or garden waste
  • Never use petrol or paraffin to start or revive your barbecue; use only recognised lighters or starter fuels on cold coals
  • Don’t leave a barbecue unattended. Keep children, pets and garden games away from the cooking area
  • Keep a bucket of water, sand, or a garden hose nearby for emergencies
  • Never use a barbecue indoors – this includes in a tent or caravan. There is a risk of fatal carbon monoxide poisoning 
  • Empty ashes onto bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins. If they’re hot, they can melt the plastic and cause a fire
  • Enjoy yourself, but don’t drink too much alcohol if you are in charge of the barbecue

When using gas barbecues and stoves: 

  • Store gas cylinders outside, away from direct sunlight and frost
  • Never store gas cylinders under the stairs – if there is a fire they might explode and block your escape route
  • Take care when turning bottled gas barbecues on and off
  • Make sure all joints are tightened, safe and secure
  • After cooking, turn the gas supply off first and then the barbecue/stove control. This will stop any gas from leaking
  • Only change when the cylinder is completely empty
  • Make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. If you suspect a leak, switch off and do not use


  • Garden Bonfires are not permitted 

Keeping your home safe in the summer and year-round: 

  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors regularly and replace the batteries if needed 
  • Extinguish cigarettes and other smoking materials properly and avoid dropping them on the floor 
  • Check your fire extinguishers to ensure they are in good working condition
  • Make sure everyone in your home is familiar with your building’s or your family’s fire escape plan 
  • Check that all windows and doors used in case of evacuation remain unobstructed and open easily