Stay safe when enjoying this year’s Harbour Festival

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) and Avon and Somerset Constabulary (A&SC) are urging people to stay safe and alert this Harbour Festival.

AF&RS wants people to be aware of the dangers of the water in response to the number of rescues they attend in the city each year, many of them alcohol related.

Station Manager, Technical Rescue, Rob Seaman said: “As people enjoy the harbour festival we want to ensure that they do this safely.

“Rivers, canals and open water can present a real danger as the water can be extremely cold and if people have been drinking alcohol, their reactions can be dramatically affected.

“We’re urging visitors and residents of Bristol to take extra care near the water this harbour festival. Think about how you are going to get home at the end of the night. If your walk takes you past water, could you think about an alternative route, getting a taxi, or walking home with a friend?

Zoe Chegwyn, Chief Inspector, Avon and Somerset Constabulary also has some advice to help people stay safe.

Chief Inspector Chegwyn said: “We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time at the Harbour Festival and there are a few things you can do to keep yourself and your belongings safe.

“Beware of thieves – pick pocketing and bag dipping can be common at these types of events. Contactless debit cards in particular are becoming more of a target because they’re so easy to use. Keep your cards in a wallet, on your person and keep bags zipped up and closed. Be aware of who is around you.

“It’s also worth being conscious of where you leave your property. Leaving bags lying around is not a good idea and could cause a security issue. Like the rest of the UK, people at the harbour Festival should be alert but not alarmed.

“If you see anything suspicious, report it immediately. You can do this the normal way – by calling 999 in an emergency of 101 if non-urgent. You can also report anything to officers or security staff on patrol at the event.”