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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Mum's fire injury shows 'invisible threat' of BBQ

David Raleigh

Published 07/06/2014 | 02:30

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A warning has been issued after a mother suffered severe injuries when lighting a barbecue
A warning has been issued after a mother suffered severe injuries when lighting a barbecue

A senior fire officer has warned people they face an "invisible threat" when dealing with barbecues, especially in summer months.

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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.

Irish Independent

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