With the Queen’s Jubilee, the Olympics, and European Championships, the risk of fire and other safety matters may be the last thing on people’s minds, but such large events can increase the likelihood of such risks.
Phil Lancaster, the Brigade’s Director of Community Protection said: “With many big occasions coming up, people may be attending official events, joining in with local celebrations or having their own parties.
“People celebrate in many different ways, some with barbecues or firework displays and others with garden parties or with the occasional drink.
“As always we want to ensure the safety of our communities and keep everyone safe, so please follow our top safety tips and enjoy your celebrations.”
- Don’t drink and fry/cook – buy food at events or on your way home. you could fall asleep and cause a devastating fire.
- Enjoy barbecues safely – place on a flat non-ignitable surface and keep young children and pets away. Never use petrol or paraffin to start or revive it – use only barbecue fire lighters or starter fuel on cold coals.
- Be careful near water – stay out of the water if you’ve been drinking, always watch children and never leave them unattended.
- Attend organised firework displays, it’s the safest way – if you do decide to hold your own display, always follow the Firework Code.
- Don’t use sky lanterns – they pose fire hazards and risks to lives, crops, livestock and the environment.
As part of the Celebrate Safely campaign, the Brigade will be issuing informative posters and leaflets as well as providing key safety advice online. To find out more visit www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/safely or join us on Facebook or Twitter.