Safe BBQing in the Meadows
Between the months of May and August 2014, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended 57 fires in and around the meadows. The majority of these incidents involved bins and/or disposable barbecues. Here is the advice from the Fire Service.
- Make sure your barbecue site is flat and away from fences, trees and sheds.
- All BBQ’s should be raised from grass areas to avoid burning or scolding
- Keep a bucket of water or large bottle of water nearby, in case of emergencies.
- Use only enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbecue to a depth of about five centimetres (two inches).
- Never use petrol or paraffin to start, or revive your barbecue – use only barbecue firelighters or starter fuel on cold coals.
- Keep children and pets away from the cooking area.
- Do not leave the barbecue unattended.
- After cooking, make sure the barbecue is cool before trying to move it.
- Hot ashes can melt a plastic wheelie bin and can cause a fire.
- Avoid alcohol if you are in charge of a barbeque.
- Use one of the two designated BBQ bins on the meadows (Middle Meadows Walk/Bruntsfield links)