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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Don’t Invite us to Your Fun in the Sun

30/09/2011

With the mini heatwave set to continue this weekend, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is re-issuing its summer safety warning.

"Whilst we don’t want to put a dampener on their fun we may have to if safety advice is ignored."

Risk Reduction Manager, Dave Steele

The Fire Service sees an increase in cooking and water related incidents during hot spells, as well as grass fires.

Risk Reduction Manager, Dave Steele said: "We are set for a glorious weekend of sunshine in Staffordshire but want to remind people whilst we don’t want to put a dampener on their fun we may have to if safety advice is ignored.

"This weekend will be ideal for barbecues however if not used safely barbecues can result in flames spreading to sheds, fences and trees - in some cases they can result in people suffering from burns. 

"Barbecues should not be lit up in public parks or woodland areas and anyone out enjoying the local countryside also needs to be aware that cigarette ends and even glass bottles can start a grass fire – make sure you dispose of cigarettes appropriately and bin your litter or take it home with you.

"The warm weather also prompts people to find a way to keep cool and whilst going for a dip in the local lake may seem like a good idea it could prove fatal. The water is often a lot colder than expected and can have hidden dangers such as a strong current or weeds which you could become trapped in.

"There are no lifeguards there to help you and it is difficult to estimate how deep the water is. We would advise against swimming in any open, unsupervised water and if you do see someone in trouble do not enter the water yourself – call 999 and ask for the Fire Service and we will come to deal with the incident."