Take care with fires over sum­mer

BAR­BE­CUE SAFETY TIPS

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Along with warmer weather sum­mer brings a greater risk of fire so it’s time to start tak­ing ex­tra care.

Auck­lan­ders are be­ing re­minded it is il­le­gal to have an open fire in any ur­ban ar­eas and pub­lic places across the re­gion.

Among the ar­eas in­cluded in the re­stric­tions are beaches, fore­shores, parks, re­serves and forests.

Rules on out­door cook­ing vary be­tween dif­fer­ent parks and beaches.

Be­fore you wheel out the bar­be­cue at home, take the time to give it a quick check to make sure it’s in good or­der.

The Fire Ser­vice is re­mind­ing any­one light­ing fires to en­sure they don’t be­come a nui­sance to oth­ers or spread.

Res­i­dents should

also make sure that fires do not con­tain ma­te­rial like tyres, plas­tics, syn­thetic ma­te­ri­als or treated tim­ber.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant fires are con­trolled and su­per­vised at all times

Re­move all ex­cess fat from the bar­be­cue af­ter each use

Never use ac­cel­er­ants to get it started

Have all gas ap­pli­ances ser­viced ac­cord­ing to the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions

Re­mem­ber that gas and air com­bine to form a highly ex­plo­sive mix­ture as the costs in­volved in putting out all fires may be passed on to the per­son re­spon­si­ble,’’ Fire Ser­vice prin­ci­pal ru­ral fire of­fi­cer Bryan Cartelle says.

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