KFRS urges: be safe in the great outdoors
If you are heading off for a relaxing weekend in your tent or caravan this summer, Kent Fire and Rescue Services (KFRS) is suggesting some simple guidelines to keep your trip safe.
KFRS Head of Community Safety, Stuart Skilton, said: "Holidays should be an enjoyable time for all the family but some outdoor activities, such as camping, can bring risks. Fires in tents and caravans can spread very quickly, prevention is the key. A fire can destroy a tent in less than 60 seconds so avoid using naked flames inside your tent."
He continued: "We all hope for a long hot summer but every year fire destroys thousands of acres of countryside and wildlife habitats. Some fires are started deliberately, but most are due to carelessness. Follow our simple safety advice and hopefully your trip will go smoothly and be trouble free".
KFRS is also urging people to be responsible in the great outdoors by disposing of rubbish responsibly (in bins or by taking it home) and not lighting open fires. Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows - as well as littering and subject to a fine, they could start a fire and destroy surrounding countryside and wildlife habitats.
Stuart Skilton added: "It may all sound a bit daunting but it needn't be most of this advice is common sense. If you do discover a fire, do not be tempted to investigate but leave the area as quickly as possible and call 999. Give the exact location or a map reference but if this is not possible a landmark such as a farm or pub etc., will help us to locate you. "From time to time we all need reminders so enjoy the countryside and your recreation and be safe."
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