​Keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby for emergencies whenever you BBQ and be sure to follow our safety tips below. See the video below from the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service:


How to barbeque safely

  • never leave a barbeque unattended
  • follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbeques
  • make sure your barbeque is well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste
  • use enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbeque, but not more
  • keep children, pets and garden games away from the cooking area
  • after cooking, make sure the barbeque is cool before moving it
  • empty ashes onto bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins
  • enjoy yourself, but don't drink too much alcohol if you are in charge of the barbeque
  • never use a barbeque indoors because of the amount of Carbon Monoxide (CO) gas they emit
  • never store gas cylinders under the stairs
  • when using a gas barbeque, remember to turn the gas supply off first and then the barbeque control

Be carbon monoxide aware

  • never use disposable barbecues, camping stoves, camping heaters, lanterns, or charcoal grills or disposable barbecues inside as using these indoors can cause CO poisoning
  • fumes can still be present many hours after you have used them - levels high enough to result in CO poisoning
  • opening tent flaps, doors or windows is insufficient to prevent the build-up of CO concentrations from these devices

Visit our home fire safety page for advice on how to check your home. You can download a checklist and find out how to apply for a visit should you need more help.

GOV.UK have a useful information 'Fire safety outdoors' leaflet you can download and display.