Firemart warns about the danger of poorly planned barbecues in the run up to National Barbecue Week

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Fire safety retailer, Firemart, is urging people to put safety first when it comes to barbecues with guidance on fire and food safety.

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In advance of National Barbecue Week in the UK, which coincides with the Bank Holiday on the 27th May, Firemart are advising people to plan ahead to ensure safety comes first.

With the unpredictable nature of the weather across the UK, many barbecues are planned at short notice and this could lead to fire and food safety hazards.

Firemart advise the following fire safety tips:

  • Barbecues should only be used on a flat site
  • Ensure they are kept away from sheds, trees and shrubs
  • Barbecues should never be left unattended
  • Children, pets and any garden games/activities should be kept well away from the barbecue area
  • Have a bucket of sand or water available in case of an emergency
  • Ensure the barbecue has cooled down after use before moving or cleaning

They also advise people to be aware of food safety when it comes to barbecuing in order to avoid food poisoning, particularly when cooking meat.

  • Frozen meat should be properly thawed before cooking on a barbecue
  • Remember to turn the meat regularly to ensure it is cooked evenly throughout
  • Keep raw meat and cooked foods separate by using separate containers and utensils

In addition to their advice guide, Firemart have put together a Barbecue Safety Kit which includes a 2kg Power Fire Extinguisher, a 1 metre Fire Blanket and a Metal Fire Bucket.

Firemart hope their guidance on fire and food safety will help people have an enjoyable National Barbecue Week free of accidents.

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