Beach barbecues: call for care in disposal in Budleigh

PUBLISHED: 06:30 02 September 2016

A used barbecue on Budleigh beach

A used barbecue on Budleigh beach

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Beachgoers looking to hold barbecues on Budleigh Salterton beach have been warned to dispose of them properly.

Some disposable barbecues have been seen left on Budleigh seafront this summer, while other people are using the pebbles as a make-shift barbecue.

There have been a few incidents in Exmouth of bins catching fire due to barbecues being dumped in East Devon District Council bins.

Budleigh fire station commander Nigel Alford is keen for that to be avoided on the town’s beach.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is advising people to place their used cooking equipment next to district council bins.

Nigel Alford, Budleigh Salterton station commander said: “Our advice on barbecues is put them next to the bins, once they have finished with them.

“Then district council’s street scene team will dispose of the barbecues.

“We don’t want people to take them home and the district council is more than happy to take them.

“People often assume with barbecues that they can just put them in the bin, but what they are doing is disturbing the coals, some of which are still hot.

“This issue has come to light this year, due to the hot weather we have been having and we want people to continue to enjoy our beaches.”

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue has given some safety advice regarding barbecues:

● Study the user instructions carefully and follow them closely.

● Only use in very well ventilated areas.

● The foil base gets very hot, so never place on anything flammable.

● Leave to cool before moving – this may take several hours - consider pouring water over it to make sure it’s out.

● Do not place in a rubbish bin until it has cooled down.

● Keep your cooking area clear of items that catch fire easily (‘flammable’ items), including long, dry grass.

Put cooking appliances in a place where they can’t easily be knocked over.

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