Temperatures are set to soar this week and it’s the perfect opportunity to crack out the barbecue for a bit of alfresco dining.
But you could be in for more than just a charcoaled chicken wing if you don’t stop to think about BBQ safety.
At 0007 hours on Sunday (June 28) two fire engines rushed to Bradshaw View, Queensbury, Bradford where a fire started in a garden shed after a BBQ had been packed away before it had fully extinguished.
The ensuing fire also ignited trees and the fence and spread to another shed in an adjoining garden before threatening to engulf a domestic garage belonging to a third property.
The sheds contained items including lawn mowing equipment, furniture, bikes and a garden bench.
Watch Commander Andrew Greenwood, from Illingworth Fire Station, said: “Both sheds were totally gutted. They were very lucky that it did not get into the next door’s garage as well.
“This incident shows how vital it is to ensure that your BBQ is completely out before putting it away.
“A mini heatwave has been forecast this week and people will no doubt be eager to get out in the sunshine and enjoy themselves. However, it’s so important to think about where to site your BBQ safely, away from anything that could catch light and also be mindful of our other top tips.”
BBQ safety advice:
- Enjoy yourself, but don’t drink too much alcohol if you are in charge of the barbecue or any cooking!
- Keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby for emergencies.
- Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues.
- Never use petrol or paraffin to start or revive your barbecue; use only recognised lighters.
- Never leave a barbecue or any cooking unattended.
- Make sure your barbecue is well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste.
- Empty ashes onto bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins. If they’re hot, they can melt the plastic and start a fire.
Also if you intend to go camping this weekend it is crucial that you never take a BBQ into a confined space.
Area Manager for Fire Safety, Ian Bitcon said: “It is not uncommon for people to take a BBQ into a tent or caravan to keep warm at night. This is incredibly dangerous as carbon monoxide can build up and poison you whilst you sleep.
“It is odourless, tasteless and deadly.”
Public Health England has created a video to warn of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.
The NHS Choices website quotes that every year in the UK, over 200 people go to hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning from various sources, which leads to around 40 deaths.
The Gas Safe Register, the UK’s official gas safety body, is once again running an awareness campaign about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and has a webpage dedicated to BBQ safety.
Firefighters will be at Morrisons in Keighley Road, Halifax, on Saturday (July 4) from 9.30am giving out fire safety advice to the public.
To book a FREE Home Fire Safety Check visit our website www.westyorksfire.gov.uk or call 0800 5874536.