IT’S the time of year when everyone is praying for warm weather and the chance to get the barbecue out.
But make a few simple mistakes and you could find fire engines turning up at your party.
Firefighters from Havant, Cosham and Southsea were at AMF Bowling in Bedhampton for a barbecue safety day.
Stuart Damon, crew manager at Southsea, said call-outs were frequently made to discarded barbecues on Southsea Common.
He said: ‘Don’t leave them unattended and don’t discard them in a plastic bin.
‘Put them in metal containers or douse them with water to allow them to cool down first.
‘Always keep a bucket of water nearby if you are having one in the garden.’