Fire safety advice for summer

Protect our Parks and Green Spaces and stay safe this summer by following some fire safety advice.

BBQs or any form of open fire are not permitted in any of our parks due to the severe risk of causing an accidental fire which could destroy wildlife and landscapes and be a danger to visitors and surrounding properties.

An unattended BBQ, a carelessly dropped cigarette or even a glass bottle left lying on the grass can cause terrible fires. 

  • Do not BBQ in our parks and green spaces  
  • Make sure your cigarette is properly put out. Discarded cigarettes and matches are common causes of fires in public places 
  • Don’t leave glass bottles lying around in the sun, as they can start fires by magnifying the sun’s rays 
  • In case of a fire call 999 immediately 
  • BBQ’s are not permitted in public spaces however, if having a BBQ in a private space, keep a bucket of water or sand nearby. Never use petrol or paraffin 
  • If having a BBQ in a private space do not leave your BBQ unattended. If using a disposable BBQ, remember they can remain hot and be a fire risk after use, so take care when disposing of them 
  • At home, ensure you have a smoke alarm and test it often. 
  • Keep corridors and stairways free of clutter 
  • Never leave cooking unattended 
  • Do not overload plug sockets 
  • Keep candles away from materials that may catch fire, and don’t leave them unattended.

London Fire Brigade have a useful Home Fire Safety Checker and lots of fire safety advice. Or visit our website for further information on Fire safety at home

Published: 31 May 2023