With the recent warm weather we’ve been enjoying, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding everyone to keep safe in the sun.
As lockdown restrictions have eased, more people are spending time outdoors or heading away on holiday.
The dry ground means there is a higher risk of a fire hazard if anything goes wrong, and the hot weather can pose a health risk to the elderly and infirm.
Keep the following safety tips in mind whether you’re enjoying the warm spell by the beach or at home in your garden to ensure you and your family enjoy a safe summer:
- Have a working smoke alarm in your home or caravan if you are going on holiday
- Never use candles in a caravan or tent
- Avoid open fires in the countryside and don’t light barbecues on dry grass or leave unattended
- Do not leave bottles or glass in woodland as sunlight shining through could start a fire
- If you are walking home take a safe route away from water
- If you’re looking to cool off find a swimming site where there is a lifeguard
- Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows
- Check on elderly friends and neighbours during the hot weather
- Never leave dogs or other pets locked in hot cars
Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member with responsibility for the Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It’s important to follow the safety advice so everyone in Gloucestershire can enjoy their summer safely without any fires or injuries.
“The Fire and Rescue Service has been carrying out a variety of other roles as part of the Covid-19 response so it’s more important than ever to prevent any accidents or fires and avoid placing any extra pressure on the emergency services at this time.”
Wayne Bowcock, chief fire officer, said: “While we’re enjoying warmer weather we would like to remind everyone to follow our tips to stay safe.
“The dry ground means there is a greater chance of fire so please do not leave bottles or glass in woodland or throw cigarette ends out of cars as these can all cause wildfires.
“We would urge everyone to stay safe around water as it can be tempting to cool off when it’s warm and please take extra care if you’re having a barbecue.
“It’s also important to keep following the Covid-19 guidance, particularly around social distancing, gatherings, hand washing and face coverings, so everyone can stay safe and enjoy the summer.”
If you see a fire in the countryside or woodland, call 999 and only try to extinguish it if it can be done with a single bucket of water.