Firefighters in Berkshire are warning people to take care when cooking at home or in the garden - as temperatures set to rise again.

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the Fire Kills Cooking Safety campaign throughout July.

Central Hub group manager Tregear Thomas said: “We want people to enjoy the good weather, but equally we are asking people to take steps to keep themselves and others safe. A barbecue with friends and family can be a great way to relax, but following a few simple safety measures will help you keep your loved ones safe.

“One of the main causes of fires is cooking – particularly getting distracted while in the kitchen. Cooking can be a great family activity, but don’t get distracted and keep looking while you are cooking.

"By following our safety advice, you can prevent accidents from happening, easing the pressure on our emergency services.

Follow these basic rules.

If you are planning a barbecue, place it well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste.

Never use a barbecue indoors or in a tent as this can give off lethal carbon monoxide gas. This can be emitted for many hours, even after it has gone out.

After cooking, make sure the barbecue is cool before moving it. Empty the ashes onto bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins.

If you're using a disposable barbecue ensure it has cooled before putting it in the bin, pouring water over it is a good idea.