Barbecue garden fire
EMERGENCY services had to be called after a fire broke out at a gas barbecue.
The incident happened at a house on Chepstow Close, Tytherington, at around 5.40pm on Saturday when the gas cylinder used to fuel the barbecue caught fire.
Two fire crews from Macclesfield and Offerton attended and used a hose reel jet to put out the flames.
Nick Brooks, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service’s head of prevention, said: “By far the biggest danger of barbecues is the use of flammable liquids to light them. We have had a couple of occasions where people have poured petrol onto the charcoal to get them going and the reaction has, not surprisingly, been violent and highly dangerous.”
He added that to avoid injuries or damage to property, people should ensure barbecues were in good working order, on a flat site, far away from any sheds, trees or shrubs.
Children, pets and garden games should be kept well away from the area and the barbecue should never be left unattended.
A bucket of water or sand should also be kept nearby and the barbecue should be cool before attempting to move it.