Summer BBQs – keeping you, your family and home safe

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Barbecuing with family and friends is a great way to enjoy the summer and some outdoor cooking. But BBQs can get out of control quickly, so it’s crucial that everyone using the BBQ does so safely.

At Brighter Places we take your safety very seriously.  We want all our residents to enjoy the sunshine without the risk of fire by never using a BBQ on your balcony or indoors.

Remember, if your home has a balcony, it is against your tenancy agreement and Brighter Places Fire Safety policy to have a charcoal or gas BBQ on your balcony.

Fire and rescue services shocking data

AliDeck, the UK’s leading supplier of balcony component systems, reports shocking data from fire and rescue services around the UK revealing that there were at least 213 balcony fires across the country during August 2020-2021. Zurich insurance has also reported over £9 million of damage for just four balcony fires.  And a recent fire in Croydon highlights the possible risks to life and property damage caused by unattended BBQs on balconies.

If you have a garden BBQs are allowed.  Please be considerate to your neighbours and discuss your plans for a BBQ with them.  An electric BBQ is a safer option.

Tips for a safe and happy BBQ

The Avon Fire and Rescue service has some helpful tips to ensure you have a safe and happy BBQ.  They also have information about what to do if your BBQ does get out of control.

If you have any questions or want to report any fire safety concerns, please contact your housing officer on 0117 942 4600.