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Summer parties

Birthdays, anniversaries, a little bit of sunshine, we Brits will find any excuse for a good party. Follow these tips to make sure your summer get-together goes without a hitch.

Bouncy castle safety

Kids love a bouncy castle, but government statistics indicate that every year they are the cause of between 2500 and 3000 accidents. If you’re planning to hire one this summer try following these tips:

  • Hire it from a reputable company (one which complies with the bouncy castle guidance issued by the PIPA Inflatable Play Inspector Scheme) and wherever possible get the company’s staff to set it up, operate it and supervise it

  • Don’t allow children to use it if there is a high wind or in wet weather as inflatables can flip over and slippery surfaces can cause injury

  • Ensure that the blower is situated at least 1-2 metres from the inflatable – serious injuries may occur if a user strikes the blower unit

For more advice on the use of bouncy castles click here

Protect your property 

Whilst you’re in the back garden enjoying your barbeque, who’s letting themselves in through your front door? It might seem easier and more welcoming to keep the door open for your guests but you’re inviting trouble if you don’t keep your doors locked.  

Barbeque safety 

A barbecue should be a safe and enjoyable experience but it’s all too easy to be distracted when you have friends and family around you whilst cooking. To avoid injuries or damage to property, follow these simple precautions: 

  • Ensure the barbecue is on a flat site, well away from a shed, trees or shrubs

  • Keep children, garden games and pets well away from the cooking area

  • Never leave the barbecue unattended

  • Keep a bucket of water or sand nearby for emergencies

  • Ensure the barbecue is cool before attempting to move it.

For more advice visit the Fire Service website

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