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London Fire Brigade: BBQ Warning Ahead Of Bank Holiday

Friday 23rd May 2014

London Fire Brigade is urging Londoners to be careful with BBQs ahead of the Bank Holiday.Picture: PA

They're especially concerned with 'Balcony BBQs', arguing barbecues should never be lit on balconies due to fire risk.

The advice comes after figures show that last summer, 89 fires in London were caused by barbecues, including six on balconies.

In the last month, there have been 11 barbecue fires, one of which was on a balcony.

Mark Hazelton, Community Safety Group Manager for London Fire Brigade, said:“If you’re planning a barbecue this bank holiday, it’s important to place the barbecue on level ground and well away from anything that could catch fire, such as fences, overhanging trees and sheds – or in this case, other people’s balconies.

“It’s vital that you never leave your barbecue unattended and make sure it’s completely out once finished with. People sometimes just leave them smouldering and that’s often when the problems start.”