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Make sure your barbie is a safe one

There’s nothing quite like having a barbecue on a warm summer’s day.

Indeed, if the sun starts shining it’s only a matter of time before budding chefs dust off their aprons and fire up the coals all across the nation.

However, there are a few safety precautions that should be taken onboard if your BBQ is going to go down smoothly.

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service has recently pledged its support to a national campaign that aims to raise awareness about the potentially harmful fumes BBQs can give off.

Last year, seven people died in the UK as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning and 17 have been injured. These incidents were all caused by bringing a barbecue inside a tent, caravan or motorhome.

Roy Hocking, station manager at the Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, commented: “Barbecues produce carbon monoxide, which is a highly-poisonous substance.

“These tragic deaths and injuries happened after people took barbecues into enclosed spaces after they’d finished cooking on them. They were overcome by carbon monoxide because there was not enough fresh air.”

While this warning is aimed towards holidaymakers, it is important for anyone who is considering having a BBQ to be aware of the potential risks and its advisable not to take a barbeque into the house as well.

Carbon monoxide is especially dangerous as it cannot be seen, tasted or smelt, meaning it can kill quickly and without warning.

Mr Hocking said BBQs will continue to give off fumes for a few hours after being used, so they should always be left outside during this period. Furthermore, it should be kept a decent distance away from your tent, caravan or house at all times.

Another threat people should be aware of when enjoying a barbie is sunburn. It’s easy to forget about the effects of the sun while you’re enjoying tasty food and good company in the open air, but if you fail to protect yourself you may discover a painful reminder in the shape of red, burned skin a few hours later.

An easy way to stay safe is by eating your food in the shade provided by a garden shade sail. Take a look at our online store to learn more.

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