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Barbecue Safety Advice

The recent warm weather I am sure has sent many scurrying to dig out the BBQ which has been hidden away after the one time it was used last summer! Timely opportunity then to brush up on Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service's advice for the safe use of BBQ's.

Follow these six simple precautions to avoid injuries or damage to property:

  • Make sure your BBQ is in good working order
  • Ensure the BBQ is on a flat site, well away from a shed, trees or shrubs
  • Keep children, garden games and pets well away from the cooking area
  • Never leave the BBQ unattended
  • Keep a bucket of water or sand nearby for emergencies
  • Ensure the BBQ is cool before attempting to move it

Only use recognised fire lighters or starter fuel and only on cold coals — use the minimum necessary and never use petrol and if you are disposing of ashes make sure they are cold to avoid starting a fire in the dustbin or wheelie bin.

With gas BBQs, make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder and change cylinders outdoors if possible or in a well ventilated area. To avoid hazardous CO2 exposures, fuel-burning equipment should never be used inside a tent, camper, or other enclosed shelter.

Advice for water safety at home

Paddling pools are great fun on warm days, but keep a close eye on children playing near or in the water

  • Always empty your paddling pool as soon as you're finished with it. Don't leave it filled for the next day
  • If your neighbour has a pool, pond or paddling pool make sure your child cannot wander around to their house without you knowing
  • If you live in a house with a pond consider filling it in while you have young children, or put a secure fence around it
  • Remember that babies can drown in as little as 5cm (2 ins) of water, so even rainwater collecting in a bucket can be dangerous

...and don't forget sun cream and shade are vital ingredients in a good day!

Stay safe this summer.

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