01:11PM, Wednesday 01 July 2015
The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is urging people to take extra care with their barbecues this summer as part of its latest fire prevention campaign.
A host of top tips have been issued to help keep families safe during the scorching summer months.
RBFRS have warned residents not to leave barbecues unattended and to make sure children and pets are kept away from the cooking area.
Buckets of water, sand or a garden hose should be kept near barbecues in case of emergency. Only approved lighter fuels should be used.
After cooking, the barbecue should be fully extinguished and hot ashes should not be emptied into dustbins or wheelie bins as this can start a fire.
RBFRS have also urged people not to throw away lit cigarettes when walking in the countryside as this can pose a serious fire risk. Open fires should be avoided and you should call 999 immediately if you spot a fire in the countryside.
Tents and caravans should be kept at least six metres apart if people are camping. A warning has also been issued about smoking and using candles inside tents.
Barbecues should also never be used inside a tent or caravan.
Tregear Thomas, group manager for prevention, said: "It can be very tempting to try and hurry along a barbecue by using flammable liquids such as petrol, but this is extremely dangerous and can cause devastating and life-changing injuries.
"Just by taking a little extra care, you can help to ensure that you and your loved ones enjoy the great outdoors this summer but keep safe at the same time."
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