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With the sunshine and warmer temperatures returning for the last Bank Holiday weekend of the summer, barbecues around the region will no doubt be dragged out of the shed again for one last opportunity to eat outdoors!

Whether you are having a barbecue at home or whilst camping, always be aware of the obvious dangers. Humberside Fire and Rescue Service are asking residents to keep one eye on safety whilst enjoying the sunshine.

Steve Duffield from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said:

“We want people to enjoy the good weather but urge them to do it safely. Many of us will be thinking of having a barbeque in the coming few days, it may sound obvious, but it’s important to make sure you set your barbecue up away from hedges, wooden sheds or fencing. If the wind picks up, the flames can spread and ignite quickly causing significant damage or even injury. It’s also important not to leave a lit barbecue unattended.”

In previous years the Fire Service has been called to attend fires across the Humberside region where embers that appear to have cooled have been tipped into a wheelie bin which has then ignited and gone on to destroy sheds and fencing and cause damage to property.

Mixing alcohol with the cooking responsibilities is never a good idea and of course never use accelerants such as petrol to get the fire going. Firelighters or bottled BBQ lighter fluid used responsibly will always suffice. Having a bucket full of water or sand or even a hosepipe on hand should the worst happen is great advice.

“When you have finished your barbecue, the most important thing to remember to do is pour water on to the embers as, even though they may look like they are fully extinguished, they can remain hot for some time. Warm and sunny weather is always welcome and we want people to enjoy it safety,” Steve added.

Full details of how to enjoy a barbecue safely this summer can be found here.

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