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Road Safety Strategy

This month the three fire and rescue services in Wales came together to launch a Road Safety Strategy which provides a framework for communicating and implementing our road safety commitments on a national and local level. This strategy is our response to the Welsh Government's 'Road Safety Framework for Wales' and it was launched at the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells earlier this summer.

A great deal has been achieved in recent years as road safety has improved such that the number of incidents has declined. The fact remains, however, that there is still more we need to do as there has been an increase in the number of people seriously injured on our roads.

Statistics show that young people aged 16-24 and motorcyclists are most vulnerable. Drivers aged 70 or over are also identified as being at risk, often holding their licence for many years without undertaking any further training since passing their test.

The latest police figures for Wales for 2014 show that103 people were killed on Welsh roads last year, a decrease of 7% compared to 2013. However, Partners in Road Safety Wales remain concerned that the slight overall improvement in the casualty figures has been overshadowed by the increase in the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured on Welsh roads, which is10% higher than the average for 2004-08.

The road safety strategy therefore represents a coordinated effort in the education of road users, specifically targeting vulnerable groups with a range of activities, interventions and publicity aimed at effecting behavioural change.
The key to a continuing improvement in road safety is that fire and rescue services continue to work collaboratively across Wales, together with our partners adopting a combined approach involving training, education, publicity, sharing information and evaluation.

 

BBQ Safety 

Finally, a word of caution as many of you will be taking the opportunity to have a barbeque if the sun shines this month.
Whether you are enjoying a BBQ at home, or while out camping with family and friends, there are a few simple tips that you can use to ensure your safety, and the safety of those around you when barbequing:-

  • Make sure your BBQ is a safe distance from any trees, fences, tents and anything else that may be in danger of catching fire.
  • Don't drink and BBQ - the chef should always wait until the cooking has finished before enjoying a drink.
  • Never put a BBQ in your tent, caravan or awning - even a cooling one. Not only is it a fire risk, carbon monoxide fumes are also given off by fire. Carbon monoxide is invisible, odourless and lethal - you may think it's safe as the flames have died down BUT more carbon monoxide is given off from a cooling barbeque than a hot one.
  • Never use petrol or paraffin to start, or revive your BBQ, only use BBQ fire lighters or starter fuel on cold coal

Never put hot ashes into a dustbin or wheelie bin, allow the ashes to completely cool down before safely discarding them.

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