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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire Warning to Festival Goers

15/08/2012

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding revellers going to this weekend’s V Festival that a fire can destroy a tent in less than 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 can cause a serious hazard to other persons within tents within close proximity."

Station Manager, Mick Jahn

Station Manager Mick Jahn, 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 start enjoying themselves they can sometimes forget simple safety precautions.

"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.

"Most importantly, never take your BBQ into your tent, not only is it a fire hazard but Carbon Monoxide produced by the barbecue can cause serious harm and even death.

"Fires can destroy a tent in less than 60 seconds and can cause a serious hazard to other persons within tents within close proximity."

Mick continued: "Over 90,000 people will be enjoying the event at Weston Park this weekend, which is why we will have a dedicated fire 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 excessive alcohol consumption if you’re going to be cooking – alcohol impairs judgement and reactions.
• 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.