Enjoy the bank holiday with #SafeSummer tips

Published
26.08.2021

With the bank holiday weekend approaching, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) is reminding everyone to stay safe.

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By following the #SafeSummer message in five key areas - #SafeHolidays, #SafeTravel, #SafeHome, #SafeWater and #SafeOutdoors – you can help to prevent fires or serious incidents and ensure you and your family enjoy the warm weather without risk of accidents.

Follow these tips to enjoy a #SafeSummer bank holiday:

Holidays

  • Having a working smoke alarm in a caravan is just as important as having one in your home
  • Never use candles in a caravan or tent

Travelling

  • Be prepared and plan your journey
  • Make sure your vehicle is safe, legal and roadworthy
  • Ensure that you are fit and safe to drive

Home

  • Have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home and test regularly
  • Be prepared by making a plan of escape, get out and stay out!
  • Make a bedtime check including closing doors and unplugging electrical appliances
  • Check on elderly neighbours and friends during hot weather

Water

  • Don’t let a night out end in tragedy – take a safe route home away from water
  • If you want to cool off find a swimming site with a lifeguard
  • Be aware of cold water shock and if you do fall into water follow the lifesaving advice here: nationalwatersafety.org.uk/respectthewater

Outdoors

  • Avoid open fires in the countryside, only use designated safe areas

Barbecues

  • Don’t light barbecues on dry grass or leave unattended
  • Only use barbecues outdoors, away from materials that could burn
  • Use in a well-ventilated area – barbecues cause carbon monoxide and using in an enclosed area can cause carbon monoxide poisoning

Chief Fire Officer Mark Preece said: “With the bank holiday weekend fast approaching we would like to remind everyone to follow these tips to stay safe. There is an added risk of fire with the dry ground in the summer so please be aware of the potential causes of wildfires, such as throwing a cigarette from a car or leaving a bottle behind after a picnic.

“Staying safe around water is vitally important – the thought of cooling off in open water can be appealing but please be aware of the dangers and take extra care.”

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member with responsibility for the Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We hope people will enjoy the bank holiday weekend safely in Gloucestershire so it’s important to follow this advice. By following these tips and taking precautions, you can keep yourself and your family safe and enjoy the warm weather without the risk of fire or injuries.”

If you see a fire in the countryside or woodland, you should only try to extinguish it if it can be done with a single bucket of water and in all instances, you should call 999.

For more safety advice, please visit www.glosfire.gov.uk

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