Put safety first in the
This month I am highlighting the
dangers associated with some common summertime fires, as many
residents may be contemplating getting out their barbecues and
dusting off their patio furniture.
During warmer weather, the grass
and vegetation is generally dry, which means if you accidentally
start a fire outdoors it can 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 - just
last month more than 30 firefighters spent hours hours tackling a
300 acre gorse and bracken fire at Fachwen near Deiniolen,
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.