Hot weather in spring generally leads to a spike in reports of fires at home and in public spaces across the UK.
These fires can spread quickly and are difficult to put out, and can cause damage to gardens, homes and even natural habitats.
NFU mutual is asking Britons to not light barbecues or fire pits in the countryside or near grass, unless in a designated area.
Andrew Chalk, rural insurance specialist at NFU Mutual, said: “While it may not be advisable in extreme heat, homeowners should be fine to barbecue this week providing they take sensible precautions.
“Open flames and grease will always present a fire risk, so keep barbecues well away from dry grass, shrubbery and bushes and make sure they are clean before lighting to prevent dangerous sparks from spitting up.
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“Make sure you have access to water and keep barbecues well away from the home – particularly if you have a thatched house.
“Also be careful with electronics. Even in these temperatures, devices kept in direct sunlight or which become too hot when charged could spark a fire.
“By taking sensible precautions, people can protect their homes and possessions by preventing the cause of fire.”
The expert also recommended talking to your insurer to make sure you are adequately insured should the worse happen.
Gardens are often overlooked when it comes to insuring a home, but restoring a garden with established plants, shrubs and trees can be a costly affair.”
Other fire safety tips include disposing of matches and cigarettes safely as well as making sure a disposable BBQ has been fully put out before placing it in the bin.
Britons should also place disposable BBQ’s on bricks if they can or an even surface to make sure they don’t fall over.
Above all, Britons should make sure they have fun in the sun and enjoy BBQ’s in the sunshine, making sure to clean them after using.
Posting to the Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips Facebook page, one user asked for some tips on cleaning a gas BBQ.
Kate Squires posted: “Anyone have any tips on cleaning a gas barbecue?
“Was given one that was neglected. I have tried Morrison’s BBQ cleaner, Pink Stuff and Astonish oven cleaner. I just can’t get it as clean as I’d like.
“Maybe I’m expecting too much. It’s clean now but I would like it cleaner. Thanks.”
Kate’s post was inundated with comments but some of the most popular involved using food hacks such as onions, lemons, ketchup and a potato.
Kerry Sansom said: “Turn it on and clean it all with an onion chopped in half.”
Clair Louise Langley replied: “Rub with raw onion then wire wool.”
Becky Jenkin said: “I’ve heard people say heat it up then as it cools rub it with half a lemon and salt. Not sure if that’s worth trying?”
Pamela Seale commented: “Scrunched up tin foil and tomato ketchup.”