Stay safe and enjoy the sunshine

With the first proper taste of summer having arrived, many people took to our beaches and beauty spots over the weekend to make the most of the weather.

Warm weather brings so much joy, but it also brings a new range of dangers that must be considered. Over the weekend, we were called to a disposable barbecue that had set fire to a fence in Bedminster, a grass fire that had started in Clevedon, and a bonfire that had spread in Pilning. There were several other warm weather related calls such as a water rescue, tree fires and further grass fires too.
We’re always here when you need us, but please take when enjoying the warm weather.
Our top tips for enjoying warm weather safely: 
Think before you light a fire when conditions are dry and hot. We would advise that you avoid lighting fires of any kind. If you are building a bonfire, do this away from combustible materials and have plenty of water on hand in case of emergency.
Avoid using disposable barbecues in parks, on grassland and indoors. Always check that it's legal to light your barbecue wherever you are. If using a disposable barbecue, do so on a flat, non-flammable surface such as a paving slab. It’s also good to have plenty of water nearby in case of an emergency.
If you fancy taking a dip to cool off, do so in managed and supervised areas only. When swimming, remember that the water is far colder than the air, and that cold water shock can occur even in summer. Take care if you’re walking near water, and if someone else or a pet falls gets into difficulty, do not enter the water. Call 999, and offer help from the edge such as throwing in a something that floats.
In an emergency, don't hesitate to call 999.