Some like it hot – but heed heatwave warnings

Emergency stock picture.
Emergency stock picture.

The emergency services are urging residents to take care in the heat to avoid putting unnecessary pressure on fire and ambulance teams.

Bucks Fire & Rescue Service is urging people to stay safe as temperatures continue to soar. Community safety manager Neil Boustred said: “Summer is a time to relax but it’s important to maintain a common-sense approach to safety when you’re outdoors.

“We want everyone to have a good time without falling foul of seasonal risks.”

As temperatures rise so do the number of grass, hay and rubbish fires.

Prevent outdoor fires by never throwing cigarette ends out of car windows – they could start a fire and ruin surrounding countryside – and ensuring that you do not leave bottles or glass in woodlands – sunlight shining through glass can start a fire.

If camping, make sure you do not smoke or use a barbecue or candles inside a tent and keep cooking appliances away from the tent walls.

Caravans should be equipped with a working smoke and carbon monoxide alarm and should be ventilated.

When out and about, the ill-advised temptation to cool down in rivers, lakes or canals could prove fatal.

Neil said: “Even good swimmers can be caught out by hidden dangers such as fast currents, deep holes, soft mud, weeds or rubbish.

“Any stretch of water, still or flowing, has the capability to kill.”

The safest place to swim is in a supervised swimming pool.

Eating al fresco is the nation’s favourite activity when the sun is shining but firefighters are asking people to remember some barbecue safety tips.

Roy Hocking, from Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s community safety team, said: “We’ve put together some simple advice to help make sure your barbecue is a safe and enjoyable event.

“It’s mainly just a matter of common sense.”

Roy’s barbecue safety advice includes always putting a disposable barbecue on bricks or a stone slab and making sure your barbecue is well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs and garden waste.

Always have a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby for emergencies and enjoy yourself but do not drink too much alcohol if you are in charge of the barbecue.

Keep children, pets and garden games away from the cooking area and never leave a barbecue unattended.

If you use a gas barbecue, store the gas cylinders outside, away from direct sunlight and frost and always change gas cylinders outdoors or in a well ventilated area.

The South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust is also urging people to think twice before calling 999.

Only call 999 in a genuine medical emergency, if it is not a medical emergency call 111 for help and advice on accessing the most appropriate treatment.