Summer is coming, and what better way to enjoy the sunshine than taking a trip to the park. If you’re keen to make the most of the good weather and hang out with friends, you may be thinking about taking disposable BBQs to public parks, but are you allowed to do this, and what’s the etiquette?
Disposable BBQs and public parks
There is no universal law, which states that it is illegal to take disposable BBQs to public parks. However, you may find that in some areas, there are signs that discourage you from using barbecues. If you’re not sure whether public parks in your area allow disposable barbecues, check with your local council. In most public parks, it is permitted. It’s wise to bear some simple safety tips in mind if you are going to the park for an al fresco feast. Keep clear of big crowds of people and choose a patch far away from a children’s playground or sports pitch. Stand clear of the barbecue, and make sure children are supervised at all times. Ensure meat is cooked through before serving, and try and make sure you’re downwind to prevent other people being immersed in clouds of smoke.
Staying safe at the park
Parks are a wonderful place to spend sunny days, but they can harbour hazards. If you’re off to the park, these handy hints should help you stay safe:
- Follow safety instructions and guidelines
- Wear suitable footwear to avoid slips, trips and falls
- Stick to designated paths
- Report any problems to park rangers or the local authority (if you come across a broken slide at the playground area, for example)
- Dispose of litter and keep walkways free of obstructions
- Bear other people in mind: steer clear of crowds if you’re playing football or Frisbee, for example
If you’ve been injured in a public place, such as a park, and you weren’t to blame, you may be considering claiming personal injury compensation. If you slipped in a public place because of a broken step or you were injured after using faulty equipment at the park, for example, you may have a cause for slip, trip or fall compensation or public liability compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline today to find out more about claiming for slip and trip injuries. Our lines are open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: May 4, 2017
Author: Accident Advice