Beware of the BARBECUE – you’ll burn more than your bangers this summer. ‘Warn neighbours’

Beware of the BARBECUE – you’ll burn more than your bangers this summer. ‘Warn neighbours’

Aviva is urging people to keep an eye on their neighbours barbecue skills, too, as flying embers and out-of-control blazes spread easily.

Fences, sheds, garages, hedges and trees, conservatories and even houses go up in smoke every summer, said Aviva’s property claims director Kelly Whittington. Think twice about having barbecues and bonfires on breezier days.”

She cautioned: “Barbecues and fire pits are popular features in millions of gardens, and they can be a brilliant addition to social events, but they also come with risks.”

If not watched carefully, they can quickly get out of hand with potentially disastrous consequences. “The same goes for occasional bonfires, which many people use to burn garden waste,” Whittington said.

Most household insurance policies will cover damage to buildings and contents caused by a barbecue mishap. They should also cover you for any legal liability if you cause harm to someone or damage property that isn’t yours.

Published at Wed, 04 May 2022 06:00:00 +0000