Stay safe this summer

Barbecue safety tips to ensure people have an enjoyable summer this year.

As the weather heats up and the barbecues come out Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has issued some safety tips to make sure people have an enjoyable summer.

It is important to make sure your barbecue site is flat and kept away from fences, trees and sheds.

Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby and ensure children and pets are kept away from the cooking area.

Never use petrol or paraffin to start, or revive, your barbecue – only use barbecue fire lighters or starter fuel on cold coals

Do not leave the barbecue unattended or put hot ashes, which could cause a fire.

When using a disposable barbecue ensure it has cooled before putting it in the bin and pour water over it to make sure it is fully out.

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If using a charcoal barbecue only use enough charcoal to cover the base to a depth of about 2 inches.

For gas barbecues ensure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder and do this outdoors or in a well ventilated area. If you suspect a leak to the cylinder or pipe work, brush soapy water around the joints and watch for bubbles and tighten to fix. After cooking, turn off the gas cylinder before turning it off at the controls to ensure any residual gas in the pipe work is used up.