With temperatures set to soar this weekend, many of us will be planning outdoor events and Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) shall be on hand to ensure our barbecue plans don’t end in disaster.
Fire crews will be dishing up barbecue safety and bonfire advice at Notcutts Garden Centre at Newnham Court in Maidstone tomorrow (Saturday 22 August) between 10am and 4pm, supporting KFRS’s ‘caveman safe’ summer campaign.
Every summer firefighters are called to fires caused by barbecues and bonfires that have got out of control. In some instances, it can lead to serious injuries and damage to property.
Maidstone Watch Manager Mat Hector said: “The ‘caveman safe’ campaign carries some serious advice, but it intends to appeal in a light-hearted, humorous way and to strike a chord with our inner-caveman – or woman – that may be lying dormant and is only revealed when cooking outdoors or having a bonfire.”
Crews will be situated in the car park, talking to centre visitors about the importance of staying fire safe, handing out children’s summer safety activity sheets and encouraging people to have their photo with our #cavemansafe peek through.
Mat added: “When the weather is good, there’s nothing better than the smell of food cooking on the barbecue. But the most important ingredient to avoid a barbecue accident is to keep a close eye on your cooking.
“It’s easy to get distracted with friends and family round to enjoy the occasion and it’s always best to limit your alcohol consumption if you’re doing the cooking. Using petrol or any other accelerant to light your barbecue is another common mistake people make, which can have catastrophic results .”
If you are unable to make this event, you have a further opportunity to meet our firefighters and learn more about the campaign at Notcutts Garden Centre in Tonbridge Road, Tunbridge Wells on Wednesday 26 August from 11am and 1pm.
People can also get advice from our campaign page or download the printable activity sheet with colouring, a word search and safety advice to help keep your little cavemen and cavewomen entertained this summer. They could also enter the competition.