Southend Council issues BBQ safety warning as extreme heat hits region

Mick Ferris

Southend-on-Sea City Council is warning everyone about the dangers of barbeques and to take personal responsibility as extreme temperatures are expected across the region this weekend.

This follows a ban on barbecues at East Beach in Shoebury and Shoebury Common after incidents of anti-social behaviour and damage to public property, and recent national stories of grass fires during the heatwave.

An ‘amber’ weather warning for extreme heat was issued by the Met Office this week and is valid from Thursday to Sunday. For the Southend region, the highest temperatures are most likely on Friday, Saturday and Sunday when temperatures are expected to reach close to, if not exceed, 30 degrees across parts of the region.

Cllr Carole Mulroney, deputy leader of the council, says: “As the region braces itself for more extreme temperatures this weekend, I want to remind everyone to respect the barbeque ban at East Beach in Shoebury and Shoebury Common. This includes disposable barbeques and the brick-built barbeques areas which are now fenced off.

“The city is set to be hit by another heatwave and the scorching sun might seem like perfect barbecue weather, but it comes with a high risk of fire for fire pits and outdoor cooking. Please do not use disposable barbecues in other public areas and if you are planning a barbeque at home, then only use in a suitable and safe place. Barbecues should never be left unattended, and users should ensure the fire is fully out when cooking is finished.

“We’re not trying to take the fun out of the heatwave, but for the sake of our city – and of our emergency services who have to work in sweltering temperatures, we’d really like people to take our advice on board and remain safe. And don’t forget to drink lots of water and use plenty of sun cream.”


Mick Ferris

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