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Hot weather safety advice

Published on Monday, 30th July 2018

With a sharp increase in fires seen across the region in recent weeks, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service have issued warnings over grass fires.

The grass on the parks is very dry and we do not advise the use of BBQ’s in the parks as they can present a fire risk and can stay hot and smouldering for several hours after use. If you do use fires or BBQ’s never leave them unattended, use responsibly and always dispose of BBQ’s correctly, ensuring they are properly distinguished after use. If you see a fire please call 999 immediately.

Make sure any glass or bottles used outdoors are cleared away to ensure that they do not magnify the sun to create a fire and dispose of cigarettes responsibly, not through car windows as this can easily start a fire on dry grass.

Be aware that benches, outdoor surfaces and play equipment can become extremely hot when in full sun. Please stay hydrated and ensure you and your family are appropriately clothed and wear sunscreen and hats to avoid sunburn and sunstroke.

Finally, swimming in open water such as lakes, canals and quarries carries many dangers including strong hidden currents, obstacles and weeds. These can be fatal if you are swimming alone and get into difficulties, especially if there is no one around to assist you.

Above all have fun and stay safe!

Further advice and guidance is available from;

https://twitter.com/RLSSUK

https://www.rospa.com/leisure-safety/water/advice/children-young-people/

https://www.rospa.com/home-safety/advice/general/barbecue-safety/