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Burton summer safety bid by service bosses

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 23, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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A HOST of top tips have been released by police and fire chiefs in a bid to keep youngsters safe this summer.

Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be joining forces during the summer months to help children stay safe and out of trouble.

Emergency service bosses hope their efforts will also keep levels of antisocial behaviour to a minimum, with levels normally rising after children finish for their summer break.

A spokesman for the fire service revealed how they will be focusing on cutting down on the levels of grass fires started deliberately.

He said: "Families and friends will be out enjoying the sunshine in East Staffordshire and we want them to celebrate safely.

"What may appear to be a trivial act like dropping a cigarette that hasn't been properly extinguished or leaving a lit barbecue for a few minutes can have devastating – and potentially life threatening – consequences.

"Grass fires spread rapidly and can destroy acres of land as well as tying up vital firefighting resources."

Posters promoting the summer safety campaign have been sent to garden centres, camp sites and community facilities across the area and A6 cards featuring safety advice will be handed out at events.

Police have also issued top tips for a safe summer.

These include:

Don't let alcohol ruin the summer;

Young people want to enjoy the summer so playing ball games and being with their friends is not necessarily antisocial behaviour;

If people are planning an event or party, they should avoid conflict and inform neighbours beforehand:

If people are having a barbecue, put safety first, "don't let summer literally crash and burn"; and

Report antisocial behaviour by calling 101.

POLICE chiefs have also outlined a list of areas that youngsters should avoid this summer in a bid to 'stay safe and out of trouble'.

These include:

Derelict or damaged sites such as the former Craythorne Golf Club, in Rolleston;

Rivers and streams such as the River Trent via the Washlands;

Playing games near to or on main roads such as the A444 and the A38;

Trespassing on sites such as schools or building sites;

Heading onto out-of-bounds sites such as the Fauld crater or one of the several quarries in the area.

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