Stay safe while enjoying the World Cup

Posted 09/06/2014 14:10:36

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is set to kick off in Brazil this week and North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is appealing to the public to keep safety in mind while enjoying the beautiful game.

Gary Brandrick, Senior Fire Safety Manager, said:"We want our local community to have a memorable 2014 World Cup for all the right reasons, and we would urge people to consider safety while enjoying this exciting tournament.

"Cooking materials are the number one cause of accidental fires in the home - and a large percentage of these cooking fires are caused by occupiers under the influence of alcohol.

"Alcohol impairs judgment and ability so we're appealing to football fans to avoid cooking or barbecuing after having a drink and to think about the different kinds of distractions which may result in a fire, death or injury in the home or a collision on the road."

Garyis issuing the following advice:

  • Don't drink and cook - support your local take-away, get some food delivered to your home or get someone to cook for you.
  • Don't drink and BBQ - the chef should always wait until the cooking has finished before enjoying a drink, and never use any flammable liquids to start or revive a barbecue that is going out.
  • Ensure World Cup memorabilia in the home such as flags and inflatables are not positioned close to any source of heat.
  • Don't drink and drive - walk, get a lift, taxi or if in a group organise a driver and take turns to drive.
  • Ensure flags on vehicles are not positioned where they are likely to distract or obscure vision for the driver or any other driver on the road.

More advice on summer safety is available on www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk / Keeping you Safe / Summer Safety.

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