Hot weather brings dangers, say firefighters

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As the warm weather arrives, Humberside fire fighters are asking residents to keep one eye on safety whilst enjoying the sunshine.

Richard Mason, from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We want people to enjoy the good weather but urge them to do it safely.

“Many of us will be thinking of having a barbeque in the coming weeks, and it may sound obvious but it’s important to make sure you set your barbeque up away from hedges or wooden sheds or fencing as, if the wind picks, up the flames can spread and ignite quickly causing significant damage or even injury.

“Furthermore, it’s important not to leave a lit barbeque unattended.”

In previous years, Humberside Fire Service has been called to attend fires where embers that appear to have cooled, have been tipped into a wheelie bin which has then ignited and gone on to destroy sheds and fencing and cause damage to property.

Richard added: “When you’ve finished your barbecue, the most important thing to remember to do is pour water on to the embers because even though they may look like they are fully extinguished, they can remain hot for some time.

“Warm and sunny weather is always welcome and we want people to enjoy it safety.”

Full details on how to barbecue safely can be found on the internet at:

http://www.fireservice.co.uk/safety/barbecue