05 August 2010

Following last weekend’s incident at Wicksteed Park when two children were seriously burned after a camping stove exploded, Northamptonshire County Council’s fire and rescue service is offering some timely advice to help people to stay safe when cooking outdoors.

  • Keep young children well away from the barbecue
  • Stand portable barbecues on an even surface and make sure they are away from the house, fences or shed
  • Use only approved lighter fuels, never petrol
  • Lighter fuels must only be applied before lighting
  • Remember to light your charcoal an hour before you commence cooking
  • Don’t be over generous with the charcoal
  • Be careful with fatty foods and never pour oil onto meat when it is cooking
  • After the event seal your charcoal bag and store in a dry place, which will make it easier to light next time
  • If you are the chef, try not to drink too much whilst cooking
  • Never pour petrol on a barbecue to try and re-ignite it – start
    the process again, properly.
  • After you have finished cooking, extinguish the burning coals. Leave a period of time between 1 to 3 hours, to check that the fire is completely out.

Prevention manager for the fire and rescue service Tina Kubiszyn said: “By following some simple guidelines you can ensure your barbecue is a safe enjoyable event.

“Most of them are common sense but by far the biggest danger is the use of flammable liquids to light the barbecue. We have been called to a number of incidents where people have poured petrol onto the charcoal in an effort to get it going and the reaction has, not surprisingly, been violent and extremely dangerous. Prepare well in advance and light the charcoal early.

“Following these safety guidelines to help you and your family and friends enjoy the summer in safety”.