Marks & Spencer will stop selling disposable barbecues in all of its stores in the UK.

Amid a summer that saw record high temperatures and exceptionally dry conditions, the retailer said it wanted to “help protect open spaces and reduce the risk of fire”.

M&S tweeted: “We have already stopped selling disposable barbecues near National Parks and in London, but given the exceptionally hot and dry conditions, we have taken the precautionary step of removing them from sale across the UK. -United.”

The London Fire Brigade (LFB), who called for a ban on disposable barbecues, said it was “good news”.

On Twitter, the LFB added: “We want to work with retailers to stop the sale of disposable barbecues and reduce the risk of dangerous grass fires.”

London Fire Commissioner Andy Roe has written to local authorities asking for a temporary ban on the use of barbecues in all public parks and open spaces.

Tinder-dry conditions across the UK have fueled numerous wildfires, some of which have destroyed homes and crops, and prompted calls for a ban on disposable barbecues behind many fires.

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New figures have shown that in the week starting July 18the LFB received 8,302 calls and witnessed 3,231 incidents, including more than 1,000 fires.

Mr Roe said: “Despite our grass fire warnings, we still saw some people behaving in a negligent and reckless manner.

“We need urgent action now to see a nationwide ban on the sale of disposable barbecues.

“They can be had for as little as £5 and can cause untold damage, especially when the grass is as dry as it has been for the past few weeks.”

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He added that the recent incidents were “another example of how we are increasingly challenged by new extreme weather events as our climate changes”.

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This notice was published: 2022-08-03 15:03:00