Mum's fire injury shows 'invisible threat' of BBQ
Published 07/06/2014 | 02:30
A senior fire officer has warned people they face an "invisible threat" when dealing with barbecues, especially in summer months.
The stark safety warning was issued after a nurse's head was engulfed in flames as she tended to a barbecue in Co Limerick.
Mother of five Joanne McMahon, from Castlemahon, was attempting to relight a bain-marie, that contained already barbecued food, with methylated spirits when it suddenly flared up and exploded.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Limerick City & Count Fire Service, Seamus Barrett, who issued a general barbecue safety warning, said people should "never use accelerants" to start or reignite a barbecue.
"These accelerants can take in air and accumulate it before they explode," he said.