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We Don’t Want to Save Your Bacon!


With the hot weather set to return in time for the weekend, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding Staffordshire’s residents that they don’t want to have to save your bacon!

"Alcohol and cooking really are a recipe for disaster as we’ve found out on numerous incidents we’ve attended."

Station Manager, Mick Daniels

The Service are often called to incidents involving barbecues when the hot weather hits however these incidents can almost always be avoided by simply following safety advice.

Station Manager, Mick Daniels said: “Often barbecues also involve lots of alcohol and we know people want to have a good time we just advise that the ‘chef’ limits their alcohol consumption – alcohol and cooking really are a recipe for disaster as we’ve found out on numerous incidents we’ve attended.

“One of the most common causes of barbecue related fires is the barbecues being sited too close to sheds, fences and trees – with them being wood they can very easily catch alight.

“Other issues occur after the barbecues have finished when people dispose of the ashes in their wheelie bins which then melt and set alight. Instead we advise people to wait until the ashes are cool and then empty them onto bare garden soil.”

Barbecue reminder posters have been sent for use in displays at supermarkets, DIY stores and garden centres across Staffordshire.

Barbecues safety tips:
• Make sure your barbecue site is flat and away from trees, sheds and fences.
• Keep a bucket of water, a bucket of sand or a garden hose nearby in case of emergencies.
• Never leave the barbecue unattended.
• Use only enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbecue to a depth of about 5cm (two inches).
• Keep children, garden games and pets well away from the cooking area.
• Never use petrol or paraffin to start or revive your barbecue, use only recognised lighters or starter fuel on cold coals.
• Enjoy yourself but don’t drink too much alcohol if you’re in charge of the BBQ.
• After cooking make sure the barbecue is cool enough before moving it.
• Don’t take BBQs into tents or other confined spaces – even after use BBQs can release poisonous fumes without you realising.