BARBECUE users have been warned to take care during the summer.
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is warning of the dangers of pouring fuel on to barbecues after attending a series of incidents involving barbecues.
On Monday a man suffered burns to his face after pouring petrol on a barbecue.
It follows in the wake of a fire believed to have been started by a barbecue in a Tudor building in the grounds of Beaudesert School, Minchinhampton on May 28. The barbecue had been used earlier and left against the building.
Jon Hall, Chief Fire Officer of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “When summer arrives, of course people are keen to get their barbecues out. They can be great fun but these two recent incidents show how dangerous they can be too.
Your barbecue could easily spark a fire or cause an injury if you don’t take the right precautions. Please remember to follow our simple safety advice to help keep you and your family safe.
If, after following these precautions, a fire does start, please call 999, leave the area as quickly as possible and do not return unless the firefighters tell you that it is safe to do so.”
For information on fire safety visit www.glosfire.gov.uk