Chubb's Top 10 Tips to Stay Safe during National BBQ Week
As we enter National BBQ week, many across the nation are expected to embrace alfresco dining and enjoy the outdoors with friends and families. The pursuit of leisure should not bring an increasingly relaxed approach to fire and security. To help in the prevention, detection and containment of fire, and the prevention of crime, Chubb Fire & Security offers 10 tips to keep residents safe during National BBQ Week and into this summer.
5 key tips for staying safe during National BBQ Week:
- Stay clear of petrol - Never light a fire using petrol, as this is an unpredictable and extremely dangerous method. Its toxic fumes cause serious harm.
- Play it safe with gas and flame - Ensure all gas equipment is safe to use and store gas containers according to the manufacturers' recommendations; likewise, ensure coal barbeques cool down safely.
- Never leave exposed flames unattended - Flames can grow out of control and cause considerable damage.
- Keep an eye on the kids - Ensure children are supervised when around fires, barbeques or outdoor heaters.
- Ensure front to back security - Enjoying the weather in the back garden? Ensure your front door and windows are shut as you may not hear or notice a burglar attempting to enter.
5 key tips for keeping secure this summer:
- Keep keys out of sight - Do not keep keys in a place that is visible from the outside, such as hanging them on hooks or near a door.
- Trust a neighbour - When you go on holiday, ask a trusted neighbour or friend to collect your post and cancel your newspaper subscriptions. Having post and newspapers pile up is a tell-tale sign you are away from your home for an extended period of time.
- Test your alarm - Before going on holiday, test your security alarm or get it serviced to ensure any faulty equipment is identified and replaced in good time.
- Beware of social media - Don't ruin your well-earned summer holiday by posting about your travel plans on social media. While you are gone, install a timer to switch lights on and off so your house or flat appears occupied.
- Use your common sense.
"By following Chubb's list of basic precautions and using common sense, you can greatly reduce your fire risk or chance of getting burgled to ensure you can safely and securely enjoy National BBQ Week and beyond," said Andy Johnston, head of marketing & communications, Chubb Fire & Security.