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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire Warning to Festival Goers

17/08/2011

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding revellers going to this weekend’s V Festival that a fire can destroy a tent in just 60 seconds. The Service is urging festival goers to follow basic fire safety advice to ensure no-one is injured by fire.

"Fires can destroy a tent in less than 60 seconds and because of the close proximity of surrounding tents, fires can easily spread."

Risk Reduction Manager, Alan McEntire

Risk Reduction Manager, Alan McEntire who is co-ordinating the fire safety for the event said: “We want everyone to have a good time but we do find that once people have had a drink and are enjoying themselves they become less rational.

"In particular we’d urge people to take care when cooking and smoking - always cook a safe distance away from your tent, ensure you fully extinguish any smoking materials and take care if you choose to smoke inside your tent.

"Fires can destroy a tent in less than 60 seconds and because of the close proximity of surrounding tents, fires can easily spread."

The Service is responsible for fire safety throughout the weekend and Fire Safety Officers have spent months in planning with other agencies to ensure the event runs smoothly.

Alan McEntire continued: "90,000 people will be descending on Weston Park this weekend, which is why we will have a dedicated crew on site. The firefighters will have off road vehicles, so that they can get to any incidents quickly and they will be patrolling the site throughout the weekend to identify any potential hazards."

Past events have ran smoothly with no major incidents however the Service is warning that festival goers should not be complacent, when it comes to fire safety. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are advising campers to follow these simple safety tips:

• Take a torch, never use candles.
• Change gas cylinders for stoves in the open air away from any naked flames.
• Cook outside, a safe distance away from your tent or any other flammable materials.
• Avoid smoking inside you tent, but if you do take extra care and ensure all smoking materials are fully extinguished.
• Never take your BBQ into the tent with you – leave it outside otherwise you may be susceptible to Carbon Monoxide poisoning.