Take care with fires over summer
BARBECUE SAFETY TIPS
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.
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.