Oban fire ser­vice has sum­mer safety guide

The Oban Times - - News -

AS PEO­PLE pre­pare to head off on their hol­i­days, Oban com­mu­nity fire sta­tion is ask­ing that they read its sum­mer safety guide be­fore­hand.

The Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice is ask­ing that you ‘switch off be­fore you set off’ if you are leav­ing your house for an ex­tended pe­riod of time.

Elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances such as tele­vi­sions, hair straight­en­ers and com­put­ers are more likely to cause a fire if they are ac­ci­den­tally left on for long pe­ri­ods of time – for ex­am­ple, when peo­ple go on hol­i­day for a week or two.

‘Here in Scot­land,’ the guide reads, ‘ we boast some of the most stun­ning scenery in the UK. We’d re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate your help to keep it that way.’

Never throw a lit cigar or cig­a­rette away in a ru­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

Dis­pose of glass or bot­tles in the bin and not out in the open, as glass can mag­nify the sun and cause fires.

En­sure recre­ational fires are made in a fire safe pit or con- tainer and that they are prop­erly ex­tin­guished.

A fire in a car­a­van or mo­bile home spreads much more quickly than it would in a house or flat, and there­fore they should be fitted with a smoke alarm.

Car­a­vans and tents should be at least six-me­tres apart and well away from parked cars.

Tents can be ‘gone in 60 sec­onds’, so don’t light fires near them, cook well back from them, and make sure any camp­fires are out be­fore you go to sleep.

It’s also im­por­tant to know the risks associated with car­bon monox­ide if you are plan­ning to go camp­ing this sum­mer.

The early signs of CO poi­son­ing in­clude tired­ness, drowsi­ness, dizzi­ness, chest pains or nau­sea.

Never take a por­ta­ble bar­be­cue or lit char­coal into an en­closed space such as a tent or car­a­van, even if they are cool­ing down, as the fumes can be lethal.

To find out more, visit http:// www. f i rescot land. gov. uk/ your-safety/safer-sum­mer.aspx.

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