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Firefighters issue safety warning ahead of V Festival

18/08/2015

Barbecue
Barbecue

Firefighters are warning revellers who will attend this weekend’s V Festival that a blaze can destroy a tent in just 60 seconds.

"We want people to enjoy themselves at the V Festival and for their weekends not to be ruined by a fire. We understand that many revellers will have a few drinks but we would urge them to think about what they are doing and not to go overboard. It doesn’t take much for a fire to spread from a barbecue to a tent and, if it does, it will only take 60 seconds for it to be completely destroyed. With so many tents in such close proximity to each other, there is the added risk of the blaze spreading and becoming out of control."

Head of Risk Reduction Jim Bywater

The Service is urging fun-lovers to follow some simple safety tips to ensure their weekend doesn’t go up in smoke.

Festival goers are being encouraged to:

• 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

• Take a torch, never use candles

• Do not put your barbecue in the tent, even if you think it is out as there is still a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning

Head of Risk Reduction Jim Bywater said: "We want people to enjoy themselves at the V Festival and for their weekends not to be ruined by a fire. We understand that many revellers will have a few drinks but we would urge them to think about what they are doing and not to go overboard. It doesn’t take much for a fire to spread from a barbecue to a tent and, if it does, it will only take 60 seconds for it to be completely destroyed. With so many tents in such close proximity to each other, there is the added risk of the blaze spreading and becoming out of control.

"I would also encourage people never to put used barbecues in their tents. There are approximately 50 deaths every year due to carbon monoxide poisoning which occurs when the charcoal fails to fully combust due to a lack of oxygen. If they are then placed in a confined space with no ventilation, they are a tragedy waiting to happen."