Banning barbecues on beaches

“We need to adjust our approach to hot weather and one of the products that causes some of the biggest issues to local communities is disposable barbecues.”

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Disposable barbecues are dangerous – and the Sidmouth Plastic Warriors have been picking up these hazards just left on the beach – as they can cause real harm: (8) Sidmouth Plastic Warriors | poor baby, in exmouth 🙁 | Facebook    

They burn: Dad of boy severely burned by a disposable barbecue launches a petition for them to be banned | ITV News Granada

They start fires – as happened this summer: Baggy Point: Wildfire started by disposable barbecue destroys habitats – BBC News

One response has been to make them unavailable: Disposable barbecues withdrawn from supermarket shelves over wildfire risk | Supermarkets | The Guardian

It’s confusing, as some areas allow them and others don’t: Devon beaches where barbecues are allowed – Devon Live and Devon beaches where barbecues are banned – Devon Live

Some are saying they should be made illegal: Ban disposable BBQs now says London Fire Chief | London Fire Brigade

And now a bill has been introduced to limit where they can be used:

Banning disposable barbecues on open moorland, beaches and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty would help “take control of the risks” they pose, a Conservative MP has said. Selaine Saxby, MP for North Devon, said she is “not proposing to ban the great British barbecue” but instead “make sure we can all enjoy our beautiful beaches and countryside safely without damaging them”.

Rising temperatures combined with droughts this summer “turned the UK into a tinderbox”, she said, adding such conditions are “likely to become more regular”. She said: “We need to adjust our approach to hot weather and one of the products that causes some of the biggest issues to local communities is disposable barbecues.”

Devon MP calls for disposable barbecues to be banned on moorland and beaches – Devon Live

   
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