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Stay V Safe at Pop Festival

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is urging V Festival goers to follow some simple safety tips to make sure that they stay happy campers throughout the weekend.

Fire crews will be on site throughout the festival providing operational response and safety advice and on Friday the Service’s Community Safety Team will be there talking to festival goers about their safety over the weekend.

Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick said: “We want to make sure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time and that is why we are urging festival goers to follow a few simple tips to make sure they stay safe this weekend.

“Tents catch fire very easily and burn very quickly, a fire can destroy a tent in less than 60 seconds.

“Tents can also trap deadly carbon monoxide gas from a barbecue or badly adjusted camping stove or light. No one should ever take a barbecue into a tent. There have already been a number of tragic incidents where people have lost their lives after bringing a barbecue in to warm a tent up.

“Smokers should be careful to make sure that they properly extinguish and dispose of their cigarettes. Carelessly discarded cigarette ends can easily start a fire in these warm and dry conditions. It is vitally important that smokers extinguish their cigarettes completely and dispose of the butts properly.”

Here are some simple safety tips from ECFRS:

  • Never use candles in or near a tent. Make sure you pack a battery powered torch instead.
  • Don’t smoke inside tents.
  • Cook a safe distance away from your tent.
  • Never take a barbecue or camp stove inside a tent.
  • Extinguish cigarettes properly.
  • Take care driving to and from the event and never drive after drinking.
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