As temperatures soar we’re being urged to stay safe when enjoying the outdoors in Eastbourne, following a number of BBQ-related fires over the weekend.
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has some top tips which enables people to still enjoy the glorious weather.
The BBQ-related incidents on Sunday (5 June) sparked fires after hot coals were discarded inappropriately in bins.
It is important to dispose of barbecues correctly as they can remain hot for many hours after being extinguished.
David Kemp, Community Safety Manager for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said:
“With the warmer weather now here, we expect people to be heading outdoors to light up the barbecue and we want people to be aware of a few basics to help keep them safe when cooking outdoors.
“The use of flammable liquids to help light a barbecue can be very dangerous and while it can be tempting to give coals a helping hand, it could leave you scarred for life. Instead, get your BBQ started well in advance to give it a chance to heat up on its own.
“Make sure it is placed away from trees, fences, sheds and tents and have water nearby should you need it.
“Before disposing of barbecue coals, please ensure that they are completely cool, and if you have to move the BBQ then cautiously fill with water from a jug, being aware that hot steam will be produced. The best option is to leave for a good 24 hours to cool down properly. Most importantly, if a fire starts, dial 999 and alert us immediately.
“We want everyone to enjoy the great outdoors safely and just a few simple steps will help protect you, your loved ones and your property from harm.”
Remember, if you are camping it is important to never bring a BBQ inside a tent, or enclosed area, because deadly Carbon Monoxide continues to be given off even from cooling coals, putting people at risk.