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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Stay Safe, Play Safe

Staffordshire firefighters are warning of the dangers young people may put themselves in during the school holidays.

"We just want to encourage young people to stay safe by playing safe over the holidays and not putting themselves in potentially dangerous situations."

Risk Reduction Manager, David Steele

Staffordshire has numerous rivers, canals and lakes, all of which present risks. There are also disused buildings and numerous bridges, which can pose dangers for children who will be out and about through the summer holidays.

Risk Reduction Manager, David Steele said: "Unfortunately we tend to see an increase in incidents involving young people over the summer holidays as they often don’t realise the dangers that some environments present.

"We would encourage young people not to swim or jump into open water as there are often hidden dangers beneath the surface. We have also had incidents of items being dropped or thrown from bridges onto railway lines and roads, which is endangering for both the children and the road or rail users.

"Another common danger is entering disused buildings which present risks such as collapse, gas and electric, which may still be active and discarded chemicals. We also have to deal with numerous deliberate fires started in woodland areas, grass land and bins, which ties up our crews when they could be needed at a more serious incident.

"The list is endless however we just want to encourage young people to stay safe by playing safe over the holidays and not putting themselves in potentially dangerous situations."