Risk of BBQ fires heats up for summer

Members of the public are being reminded to give their gas BBQs the once-over before powering them up again during sunny spells. 

The warning comes after two separate incidents in Cambridgeshire on Monday where gas cylinders on BBQs caught fire and had to be extinguished by fire crews.

The first incident in Chatteris happened after the ‘governor’, the attachment that regulates pressure on the cylinder, was not screwed in tightly enough.

Crews from Dogsthorpe and Stanground were called to the second incident in Eye after the hose attachment on the cylinder snapped, causing a fire.

Watch Commander Will Collins, from Dogsthorpe Fire Station, who attended the fire in Eye, said: “Now that the weather is turning nice and people are starting to use their gas BBQs again, it is good practice to do some simple maintenance checks on them before powering them up again.”

Other safety tips include detaching gas bottles from the BBQ to store them and covering, and safely storing, BBQs to protect them from weather-damage.