As the weather gets warmer, more people will be enjoying the sunshine with a disposable BBQ.
But Bucks Council along and Bucks Fire and Rescue have issued a warning as people throwing away BBQ's before they have cooled can cause fires in bin wagons and at Recycling Centres.
Barbecues, camp fires and stoves are not allowed in Buckinghamshire country parks and residents are urged not to light fires or use any device with a naked flame in woodland or open spaces.
They have issued some top tips if using a disposable barbecue:
- Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues.
- Do not place the disposable barbecue directly on to grass or a flammable surface.
- Never leave a lit barbecue unattended.
- Make sure your barbecue is well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste.
- In the countryside or public park areas, only use disposable barbecues where there are specially designated areas and carefully follow the safety guidance.
- Avoid open flames in woodland, including parks, open spaces etc.
- After use, please make sure it is fully extinguished by pouring plenty of water onto it.
- Empty ashes onto bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins. If they’re hot, they can melt the plastic and cause a fire.
- Do not place a disposable barbecue in a rubbish bin or take it to a local household recycling centre until it has cooled down completely. Fires at waste sites and in bin lorries can start from the smallest spark or heat source, especially in summer, so it’s even more important to wait until the barbecue is completely cool.
For more information on how to safely dispose of a throwaway barbecue, please check the online Waste Wizard - www.recycleforbuckinghamshire.co.uk/waste-wizard