Nine ways to have a safe barbecue this summer

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As temperatures rise, many will be dusting off their barbecues to make the most of the sun.

But Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue want to ensure you have a safe one.

Risks associated with barbecues include carbon monoxide poisoning and, between April 2014 and July 2016, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service attended 40 incidents involving barbecues.

Here's how to keep your sizzlers safe:

1. Never use flammable liquids to light or accelerate a barbecue.

2. Make sure the barbecue is on a level surface and away from your home, sheds, fences, garden furniture, trees, shrubs and tents.

3. Keep a bucket of sand, water or a hose nearby.

4. Douse ashes with water after use, or empty them onto bare, clear soil – do not discard into dustbins or wheelie bins.

5. Never use any type of barbecue indoors or in a poorly ventilated space as a source of warmth.

6. Don’t drink alcohol whilst using a barbecue.

7. Gas cylinders should be stored outside, away from direct sunlight and frost.

8. Turn off the gas supply first before turning off the barbecue.

9. Change cylinders in the open air.