Follow these tips to make it a #SafeSummer
Summer is here and it’s important to stay safe to make sure you enjoy the warm weather without the risk of accidents or fires.
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) is promoting the #SafeSummer message in four key areas - #SafeHolidays, #SafeTravel, #SafeHome and #SafeWater.
Many fires can be prevented and if you follow advice from GFRS, serious incidents like wildfires or tent fires can be avoided.
Follow these tips and you will be able to enjoy a #SafeSummer:
- Having a working smoke alarm in a caravan is just as important as having one in your home
- Avoid open fires in the countryside, only use designated safe areas
- Don’t light barbecues on dry grass or leave unattended
- Never use candles in a caravan or tent
- Be prepared and plan your journey
- Make sure your vehicle is safe, legal and roadworthy
- Ensure that you are fit and safe to drive
- Always 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 close doors and unplug electrical appliances
- Please check on elderly friends and neighbours during the hot weather
- Don’t let a night out end in tragedy – take a safe route home away from water
- If you’re looking for a place to cool off always find a swimming site where there is a lifeguard
- Be aware of cold water shock and if you do fall into water remember the ‘5 steps to float’ advice from the RNLI: https://www.respectthewater.com/float-2019
Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member with responsibility for the Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We want people to enjoy their summer in Gloucestershire so it’s important to stay safe and help prevent fires or stop them from getting out of control. By following safety advice and taking precautions, you can enjoy the warm weather and avoid the risk of fires or injuries.”
Wayne Bowcock, chief fire officer, said: “With the summer holidays having begun, we would urge everyone to follow our tips to stay safe. The dry ground in the summer means there’s an added risk of a fire starting, so please be aware of the potential causes of wildfires. A cigarette thrown from a car or a bottle left behind after a picnic could cause a blaze.
“Staying safe around water is key; particularly during summer months when hot weather and school holidays increase the attraction of cooling off in open water. Be aware of the dangers and follow the safety advice available.”
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. In all instances, we would ask people to call 999.
Arson incidents also increase during the summer so we are appealing to the countywide community to report any suspicious activity to the police and to call us if they see a fire.
For more safety advice, please visit www.glosfire.gov.uk