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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Summer Safety at Parkhall

22/07/2011

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are holding a Summer Fire Safety Event at Parkhall Country Park Visitors Centre on Friday 29th July from 10am to 2pm.

"We want to ensure that members of the public using the park are aware of fire safety."

Longton Neighbourhood Co-ordinator, Tracey Cresswell

Fire crews will be on hand to give advice about summer fire safety, such as barbecues and camp fires and will also be discussing the problems encountered in recent months involving grass fires at the park.

Longton Neighbourhood Co-ordinator, Tracey Cresswell said: "Parkhall Country Park is a popular destination with walkers and dog walkers and many people take a picnic with them on nice days.

"We want to ensure that members of the public using the park are aware of fire safety and are not lighting camp fires or barbecues out in the open and are also not leaving any litter lying around or drop cigarettes, as this can potentially start a fire.

"In the recent months, we have also had issues with an increase in deliberately started grass fires which are a huge drain on resources and tie up our crews when they could be needed at a real emergency.

"We have recently launched our Parkhall Pals group who act as our eyes and ears however we want to ensure everyone is educated about fire safety so they know what to do in the event of a fire and know how to avoid accidentally starting a fire.

"Everyone is invited to come along on the 29th to enjoy the park and also have a chat with your local firefighters as well as hearing essential fire safety advice. You can also enquire about our free Home Fire Risk Checks and arrange to have one at a suitable time and date."

Councillor Gwen Hassall, cabinet member for housing and neighbourhoods, said: "The risk of fire during the summer months can be a concern and while we are all aware of the dangers that fire can pose, it’s is useful to get the experts’ advice on how to stay safe. We want people to enjoy being outdoors in the city’s parks and in their back gardens."