Thursday, July 28, 2011
Safer Summer
During the hot summer months it’s natural to want to get outside with friends and family and enjoy the sunshine.

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But throughout the season we’re called to more and more rescues sparked by the hot weather, particularly to children in difficulty.

From the red hot barbecue in the garden to their first camping trip, a combination of inexperience and curiosity can often put them at risk.

Children and teenagers are often fascinated by fire and this becomes a particular danger during the dry summer months. Grass fires are frequent and often the result of experimenting with fire.

The outcomes can be terrible for the person who sets the fire. Lifelong scarring is a common outcome, and sometimes the results can be fatal. It’s also a criminal act which puts firefighters and the public at huge risk.

Water poses a danger. It’s natural to want to cool down in the heat, but young people are often unaware of the dangers. Whether it’s the unknown depth of a stream or the hidden currents at the seaside, things can quickly go wrong.
Keep your family safer this summer by following our golden rules:

Adults set a good example – behave safely and responsibly!


Never use accelerants such as petrol on barbecues
Never leave a barbeque unattended
Never cook or smoke inside tents
Always make sure cigarettes are properly extinguished
Never leave lighters or matches around – they can be a temptation to children .


Be aware of your children’s limitations – eg, how confident are they in the water?
Don't jump or dive in, as the water can be far deeper than it looks - with unseen hazards.
Never swim near weirs or locks as there are usually dangerous currents.
Even inland waters can be very cold, no matter how warm the weather. Be aware that this can quickly cause cramp and breathing difficulties.

The Safer Summer campaign is supported by KMFM

For more information on general safety, visit the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents' website.
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