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PHOTO: Barbecue fire

Tortoiseshell Way, Braintree
23/04/2021 @ 18:15
Incident Number: 143074
In attendance: 1 x Braintree


Firefighters were called to a barbecue fire in Braintree earlier this evening. 

On arrival, crews reported that a gas barbecue was on fire and had spread to the gas cylinder. 

Firefighters allowed the gas to vent off while tackling the fire with water until it was  extinguished by 7:53pm.

Crew Manager Trevor Garrod from Braintree Fire Station said: “With the warmer weather coming and restrictions allowing us to have guests in our gardens, if you’re having a barbecue we’d urge you to check them over thoroughly before using them and make sure there are no faults.

“Never leave a barbecue unattended and make sure you set it up well away from sheds, fences, trees and plants.”

If you're planning on having a barbecue, please follow our safety advice:

  • Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues. Never use a barbecue indoors
  • Never leave a barbecue unattendedMake sure your barbecue is well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste
  • Keep children, pets and garden games away from the cooking area
  • After cooking, make sure the barbecue is cool before moving 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
  • Store gas cylinders outside, away from direct sunlight and frost
  • Make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder
  • After cooking, turn the gas supply off first and then the barbecue control. This will stop any gas from leaking

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If you live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be an on-call firefighter. Find out more about the role at join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

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