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1:59 PM

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Milton Keynes

1:59 PM, Sunday 4 April, 2021

Fire on balcony of flat

Weybourne Road, Broughton, Milton Keynes.

One appliance and crew from Broughton and one from Newport Pagnell attended. Firefighters used one hose reel and a ladder. The fire was caused by a disposable barbecue.

Fortunately this fire was put out before it had a chance to spread to neighbouring balconies or flats, but not using a barbecue on a balcony is one of our barbecue safety tips. Here are some more:

  • Make sure your barbecue is sited well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste.
  • Keep children, pets and garden games away from the cooking area.
  • Use enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbecue, but not more.
  • Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues.
  • Do not use a barbecue indoors.
  • Do not leave a lit barbecue unattended.
  • Always keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby for emergencies.
  • Enjoy yourself, but do not drink too much alcohol if you are in charge of the barbecue.
  • After cooking, make sure the barbecue is cool before moving it.
  • Empty ashes on to bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins. Hot ash can melt a plastic bin or cause a fire.