Barbecue tips from fire chiefs

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FIRE chiefs in South Yorkshire are urging people to take care with their barbecues during the weekend heatwave.

They are urging people to only use them on flat surfaces and away from trees, shrubs and grassland.

Their advice also includes keeping a bucket of water or sand close by in case their barbecue goes up in flames.

Diane Malpass, head of community safety for South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, said: “Many people will be taking advantage of the beautiful May weather this weekend.

“Before you get started, take a minute to decide where you’re going to site it. Then, when the coals are properly cooled, dispose of them safely.”