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Put safety first in the sunshine!
This month I am highlighting the dangers associated with some
common summertime fires, as residents are likely to get out their
barbecues and dust off their patio furniture.
During warmer weather, the grass and vegetation is generally
dry, which means if you accidentally start a fire outdoors it will
spread very quickly, destroying everything in its path. Add a light
summer breeze to the equation and the fire will spread even more
rapidly. We have attended a number of serious grass and gorse fires
during recent months which have tied up firefighting resources for
considerable lengths of time.
A flicked cigarette from a car window, a barbecue that sets fire
to a hedge, or a bonfire left unattended could start a blaze that
destroys acres of countryside, crops and wildlife.
If the fire starts closer to home, it could destroy your garden,
spread to your house and endanger the lives of those inside.
Barbecues can be enjoyable but you need to keep safety in mind when
cooking outdoors - keep barbecues well away from pets and children
and make sure that you dispose of the ashes safely.
Many will also be enjoying a few drinks out and about as well as
at home in the garden during the lighter evenings - and I
would urge that you avoid cooking after drinking, especially should
you feel peckish after returning home after a night out. The best
way to kill off the hunger pangs but stay safe yourself is to get a
takeaway or prepare a sandwich before you go out.