Service issues advice on summer safety


​With temperatures soaring as summer arrives across Nottinghamshire, do you know how to stay safe in the sun?

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) is urging everyone to stay safe this Bank Holiday weekend by taking note of advice for road, water and barbeque safety to name just a few.  

Last month the Service supported Drowning Prevention Week, run by the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), which targeted runners, walkers, anglers and young drinkers to urge them to be safe around the county's waterways, and this advice is still just as relevant as the weather starts to heat up.

If you're tempted to take a dip in the water to cool off, remember that drinking alcohol and entering water do not mix, as alcohol impairs even the simplest of movements, meaning it may be harder for you to get out.

To make sure that you are staying safe this Bank Holiday, here are some of our top safety tips for summer:

  • If you are walking or jogging close to water, make sure to take note of warning signs in the area;
  • Never enter the water to save someone, as you will be putting yourself at risk. Even the strongest swimmers can get into difficulty, so make sure you call 999 immediately;
  • Look around for lifesaving equipment like a lifebelt that you can throw to someone who is in danger;
  • Never enter the water after having a drink;
  • If you are a parent, make sure to educate your children on the dangers of water and how to be safe around it;
  • If you are tempted to swim in hot weather, why not take a trip to your local pool instead?
  • If you are getting your BBQ out for the first time this year, take the time to ensure you have a bucket of sand or water nearby for emergencies;
  • Never leave your BBQ unattended when lit;
  • Keep children and pets away from the BBQ;
  • If you are using a disposable BBQ, it is important to remember never to dispose of these while they are still hot;
  • Always place your disposable BBQ on an even surface such as bricks or paving slabs;
  • Never use any kind of fuel-burning devices such as a BBQ, camping stoves, camping heaters or charcoal grills inside tents or indoors.
  • The bank holiday this weekend is set to see people out on the county's roads, and if you are travelling this weekend, make sure that you are driving to arrive and taking care on the roads;
  • Always remember to call 999 in the event of an emergency.

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