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.
"We want everyone to have a good time but we do find that once people are enjoying the party atmosphere they sometimes make some irrational decisions."
Mick Jahn, Fire Safety Manager.
Fire Safety Manager, Mick Jahn said: “We want everyone to have a good time but we do find that once people are enjoying the party atmosphere they sometimes make some irrational decisions.
“In particular we’d urge people to take care when cooking and smoking - always cook a safe distance away from any tents, ensure you fully extinguish any smoking materials and take particular care if you choose to smoke inside your tent.
“Fire can destroy a tent in a short amount of time and as the tents are very close together the fire can easily spread very quickly.
“Never be tempted to put a BBQ inside a tent as carbon monoxide is produced which could have fatal consequences for anyone inside the tent.”
The Service is responsible for fire safety throughout the weekend and Fire Safety Officers have spent months planning with other agencies to ensure the event runs smoothly.
Mick Jahn continued: “Around 90,000 people will be visiting Weston Park this weekend, which is why we will have a dedicated crew on site. The firefighters are equipped with off road vehicles and “state of the art” firefighting back packs, so that they can get to any incidents quickly. They will be patrolling the site throughout the weekend to identify any potential hazards.”
Past events have run 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 a charcoal or gas barbecue into your tent or caravan – it will produce carbon monoxide gas which can be fatal.