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Stay safe this summer

Stay safe this summer

Here are some great tips for having a safe barbecue:

Keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby for emergencies.
Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues. Never use a barbecue indoors or in a tent.
Never leave a lit barbecue unattended.
Make sure your barbecue is well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste.
In the countryside or public park areas, only use disposable barbecues where there are specially designated areas and carefully follow the safety guidance.
Use enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbecue, but not more (normally around 5cms or 2 inches).
Keep children, pets and garden games away from the cooking area.
After cooking, make sure the barbecue is cool before moving it, the coals can stay hot for hours afterwards.
Empty ashes onto bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins. If they’re hot, they can melt the plastic and cause a fire.
Enjoy yourself, but don’t drink too much alcohol if you are in charge of the barbecue.
Never use petrol or paraffin to start or revive your barbecue; use only recognised lighters or starter fuels on cold coals.

There are many unseen dangers when swimming in a river, lake or canal. For example, even on a hot day, water can be freezing. To avoid any casualties, here is some great water safety advice:

Dial 999 straight away in the event of an emergency and don’t attempt to get in to the water yourself to rescue someone – the chances are that you’ll need to be rescued too.
Avoid swimming in open waters, but if you do, never swim alone. Get someone to accompany you by staying on the bankside.
Know your location so you can tell emergency services where you are. A great way to do this is to download the what3words app, which divides the world into 3 metre squares giving each location a unique address which will help 999 call handlers pinpoint your exact location in the event of an emergency.

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