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Summer should be a time of fun to get outside with friends and family to enjoy the sunshine.
Warmer weather also means that Kent Fire and Rescue Service get called out to more incidents from grass and rubbish fires, out of control bonfires, cooking left unattended on the barbecue and people who get into trouble in the water.
Firefighters from Dartford and Thames-side will be sharing safety advice at two key summer events this month; the Dartford Festival and the Gravesend Summer Regatta, with the aim of helping everyone have a safer summer.
Dartford Watch Manager, Dave Boakes, said: “Dartford Festival is the perfect opportunity for us to spread safety messages to large groups of people enjoying the festival fun over the weekend of 20 and 21 July.
“Between 1 April and 1 July 2013* we were been called to 125 outdoor fires. So, if you’re out enjoying a day in the countryside, make sure it stays memorable for all the right reasons; take your rubbish home with you and dispose of cigarettes sensibly to avoid sparking a blaze.
“If you’re planning a barbecue, don’t leave it unsupervised, make sure that the person in charge of the cooking isn’t full of booze – that’s a recipe for disaster and always dispose of barbecue coals safely.”
Fire crews will be providing life-saving advice and useful leaflets at the summer regatta on Saturday, 20 July at Gravesend’s riverside. Firefighters and a fire engine from Thames-side will outside Gravesend Rowing Club throughout the day.
Thames-side Watch Manager, Danny Turner, said: “We will be making sure boat owners know how to protect themselves and their boats from fire. Having the correct fire safety equipment including working smoke alarms, will increase your chance of getting out safely.
“During the summer months there’s nothing better than taking a nice cool dip but water fun can quickly become tragedy. Our message to Regatta visitors is simple; ‘stop and think’ before going for a swim. The water may look safe, but it can be dangerous and it’s not like swimming in a warm indoor pool. Strong currents, cold deep water, unseen hazards like shopping trolleys, broken glass and hidden rubbish lurking beneath the surface are all hidden dangers that can quickly get even the strongest swimmers into difficulty.”