Summer’s here! Are you being fire safe?

Your home

The sun is finally out and many of us are enjoying the warmer weather. But while we’re having fun in the sun, let’s keep everyone safe by remembering to prevent fires and put fire safety first.

Barbecue fire safety

Aerosols and glass

Did you know that aerosols left on windowsills in the heat can explode and cause fires? And mirrors or glass beads in direct sunlight can also cause fires?

If you have items in your home that are a fire risk, it might be best to close your curtains or blinds at times to prevent fires.

Barbecues

Barbecues and balconies simply don’t mix. Balconies are small and tend to have flammable items such as plants and drying clothes on them. And there’s a serious risk that smouldering debris will float down to other levels of your building.

It’s also a good idea to check your tenancy agreement. It may not allow you to use a barbecue in your communal gardens, and your neighbours may prefer that you don’t.

If you have your own garden, make sure you position your barbecue on level ground and keep it away from anything that may catch fire. Keep your children, pets and garden games away from the barbecue and have a bucket of water or sand nearby to use in an emergency. You might be surprised how many barbecue fires happen each year.

Bonfires

If you’ve been doing some spring-cleaning, you might be tempted to burn larger rubbish items on bonfires. But during the hot, dry weather, bonfires can easily get out of hand.

It’s also important to consider your neighbours and community. The smoke from your fire can affect people with breathing difficulties, or make their homes smell of smoke.

You may also need to check regulations in your area, as some local authorities do not allow bonfires.

If you have any larger items you would like to dispose off, you’ll need to make special arrangements with your local council for their collection.

Further information

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