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Nottinghamshire firefighters urge people to stay safe this Bank Holiday Weekend

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With the bank holiday weekend approaching and what is said to be the hottest week of the year, it is important to remember our fire safety measures so that you are safe no matter what you are doing.

Andy Macey, group manager for Prevention, said: “With people starting to venture out a lot more after the latest Government advice, we want to make sure they are keeping themselves safe.

If everybody continues to follow the outdoor safety advice along with Government guidelines, then we know we have done a good job towards the safety of the public.”

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If you are planning a BBQ:
– Never leave a barbeque unattended.
– Keep all barbeques well away from sheds, trees and property as fires can easily spread.
– Empty ashes onto bare garden soil and not into dustbins – if ashes are hot, they can melt through plastic and cause fire.
– Make sure the barbeque has cooled down once you have finished cooking.

Be Water Aware:
– If you are going out for a run, walk or bike ride make sure you keep your distance from ponds, lakes and rivers. The under current could potentially be dangerous.
– If you need to help someone in the water make sure you stay calm, keep yourself safe, get more help, talk them in and throw them a piece of rescue equipment. Ring 999 for more help.

If you are outdoors:
Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows – they could start a fire.
Avoid setting open fires in the countryside as they can easily spread.
Don’t leave bottles or glass in woodlands, as sunlight shining through glass can start a fire.
If you are driving again:
The roads have started to get busier so leave extra time for your journey rather than to risk it all by speeding.
Did you walk or ride more during lockdown? Remember how it felt – consider other road users and watch your speed.

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