Sizzle safely this barbecue
NOW that the warm, light evenings are
with us and the summer holidays are fast approaching, barbecues are beginning to
sizzle across Merseyside. But behind all the bangers and burgers, summer fun has
a serious side and the warmer weather brings with it some unique risks.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, as part of a campaign by Fire Kills, is asking
everyone to take extra care when cooking outdoors, especially when lighting
barbecues or dealing with bad weather.
Gary Oakford, group manager at MF&RS, said:- "It's natural to want to
go outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather with family and friends and many of us
can't wait to get the barbecue lit. We all know how tempting it can be to give
stubborn coals a helping hand with an accelerant, but please be patient and make
sure you use the right tools for the job. If you've planned a barbecue and the
weather lets you down, don't take the barbecue indoors or into a tent. In recent
years some people have sadly succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning by doing
this, so we urge everyone to stay safe."
By following Fire Kills's top tips you can ensure your barbecue is a safe,
► Never leave a lit barbecue unattended.
► Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues.
► Never use a barbecue indoors.
► Make sure your barbecue is well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or
► Keep children, pets and garden games away from the cooking area.
► After cooking, make sure the barbecue is cool before moving it.
► Use enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbecue, but not more.
► Empty ashes onto bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins. If
they're hot, they can melt the plastic and cause a fire.
► Enjoy yourself, but don't drink too much alcohol if you are in charge of the
► Always keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby for emergencies.
"This might seem like a long checklist, but most of these tips are common
sense and, by following them, you can guarantee a safe and happy occasion. By
far, the biggest danger is the use of flammable liquids to light barbecues.
People have been known to pour petrol on to the charcoal in an effort to get it
going and the reaction has, not surprisingly, been violent and dangerous.
Prepare well in advance and light the charcoal early. Most of all, enjoy
added GM Oakford.
Ladies Lead the Way in The
Atkinson's New Exhibition
DISCOVER the trailblazing female
artists who broke new ground to rival their male contemporaries at:- 'The
Atkinson's 1st Ladies Exhibition' this June (2016).
This exhibition is a 1st for The Atkinson and is a celebration of the
achievements of female artists who were trailblazers and pioneers. It is a
fantastic opportunity to discover Sefton's rich collection of female artists'
work which are all part of The Atkinson's own permanent collection.
It is also the 1st chance for The Atkinson to reveal its latest acquisition
funded by the Ecclesiastical Original Print Award. '12 Objects, 12
is a portfolio of 12 prints by leading British artist Rachel Whiteread. It is a
hugely important addition to our collection and was purchased at this year's
London Original Print Fair (LOPF).
Nicola Euston; Museum Manager said:- "The Atkinson is the treasure chest
of so many incredible stories of people, places and movements back in history.
We have a particularly strong relationship with some amazing females and their
very personal stories and we felt it was really important and interesting to
share some of these in this exhibition."
Work from well known artists such as Laura Knight and Elisabeth Frink can be
seen, but the collection also tells the stories and brings together truly
innovative craft artists who developed new techniques to overcome personal
challenges as well as artists associated with the Suffragette Movement.
Join us as we celebrate the incredible achievements of female artists who were
pushing creative boundaries at a time when men were the dominant force in the
art world, as well as contemporary artists like Tracey Emin, who continue to
We are also looking to hear from you about your '1st ladies'. Get in touch and
nominate the lady in your life that has inspired you, or that you simply adore!
All you have to do is tweet us using:- '#AtkFirstLadies' and tell us who you are
nominating. We will randomly pick 5 people and their guests that tweet us to
join us at the special preview on 2 June.
The exhibition opens with a special preview, on Thursday, 2 June 2016, but will
be open to the public, on Friday, 3 June 2016. There will be an associated
programme of talks and events, details of which can be found on The Atkinson's
As part of this exhibition The Atkinson is screening the film Suffragette
starring Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter is showing, on
Friday, 24 June 2016 at 7.30pm, tickets are:- £4.50*, available from the
Centre's Box Office. 'First Ladies' can be seen at The Atkinson, on Friday, 3 June
2016 to Sunday, 7 August 2016.
The exhibition is free.
For more information please call Box Office on:- 01704 533 333 or visit
* Please note: There is a £1 booking fee for online and telephone sales and a 2%
fee over the counter with a credit card.
Man barricaded himself into flat in Southport
ON Monday, 9 May 2016, residents and
businesses near the corner of Coronation Walk (B5245) and West Street, in
Southport Town Centre, had to be evacuated after a man was reported to have
barricaded himself into his flat. The flat is thought to have been located at
the back of the Royal Clifton Hotel, on Royal Terrace. We are told that a
Merseyside Police negotiator was used to bid to speak to the man following a
report from a member of the public, who was concerned for the man's safety. Both
Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service attended, from about
11:15am. We are told that the male was later detained under the Mental Health
Act and taken to Hospital for assessment..