WITH the sun finally showing its face, the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors return, but fire chiefs are warning Stafford folk to play it safe.
The Jubilee, Euro 2012, the Olympics and hopefully some nice weather will see people lighting up barbecues and moving the party outside, but it is a time when potential fire hazards increase markedly.
Launching Staffordshire Fire and Rescue's summer safety campaign, station manager, Glynn Luznyij, said: “The summer will be an exciting time with lots of events and activities going on.
“We want you to have fun but we also want you to celebrate safely – we don’t want to turn up to save your bacon.”
He said people needed to carefully dispose of cigarettes and glass bottles, which can contribute to the increased grass fires firefighters deal with during summer months.
“Your seemingly innocent mistake could well cause a severe grass fire that destroys acres of land and ties up firefighting resources for hours, days or even weeks,” he said. “It is just as important to be safe in your own garden as well as you don’t want to risk anything happening to your property.”