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Top tips for the tropical temperatures

June 27 2018
Temperatures set to soar

Temperatures set to soar

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is anticipating a hike in incidents this week as temperatures soar.

A plea in particular for parents is to ensure your children know the consequences of setting fires outdoors and also about the dangers of outdoor lakes and pools.

Station Manager Paul Shaw

The Service is concerned that the high temperatures may result in more grass fires, barbecue fires and water related incidents. It’s urging the public to enjoy the weather but to stay safe and exercise common sense.

Station Manager Paul Shaw said: “Now that summer is well and truly here we want people to enjoy it but to do so safely. By just following a few simple tips such as thinking about the positioning of the BBQ, not dropping cigarettes on grassland and avoiding leaving mirrors in direct sunlight will help ensure you enjoy the heat wave safely.

“A plea in particular for parents is to ensure your children know the consequences of setting fires outdoors and also about the dangers of outdoor lakes and pools. The open water may seem appealing but it’s often much colder than you think and there are often hidden dangers beneath the surface – it’s much safer to get the paddling pool out at home instead!”

The Service’s top tips for staying safe during the heat wave are:

Having a barbecue:

  • Don’t drink too much if you’re in charge of the cooking
  • Don’t leave it unattended
  • Ensure the coals are completely out when you’re done. The best way to do this is to leave the coals in cold water.
  • Position your barbecue away from fences, trees and buildings

Water safety:

  • Keep out of open water, it could be deeper than you think
  • Don’t swim if you have been drinking
  • Water can be colder than you think and you could get cold water shock
  • The water may look calm but the current can be stronger than you think

Enjoying a picnic:

  • Discard smoking materials properly
  • Don’t leave any disposable barbecue lit

Setting a bonfire:

  • Don’t use paraffin or petrol to light the fire
  • Inform Fire Control of the controlled burn
  • Keep well away from buildings and greenery

For further information visit our safety pages.