Staying safe this summer
Summer's a time for having fun. Longer evenings and higher temperatures give more opportunities for getting out and about. Even when the weather's not so good, there just seems to be more options for things to do. We've got lots of ideas here on Get Ready for the Great British Summer, not just for when it's hot and sunny, but in all types of weather.
While you're enjoying yourself, it's still important to stay safe - even in summer. After all, it's not just winter when the weather causes problems. That's why we've included information to help you stay safe this summer.
Pollen levels can soar in the heat so read about the links between pollen and health. You can also find out how to keep your cool when things get really hot. The UK's leading veterinary charity, PDSA, explains why it's important to look after your pets in hot weather along with providing top tips to keep them safe during outdoor events.
Although we don't get wildfires on the scale seen in the USA recently, fires are started needlessly in remote parts of the UK every year, causing problems for landowners and the fire service. Every year fire destroys thousands of acres of countryside, forestry and other wildlife habitats across the country. Some fires are started deliberately, but most could easily be prevented by following some simple safety advice.
Roy Harold, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, provides a few simple tips for making sure you and your family stay safe this summer whatever you are planning, be it a barbecue or a boat trip and what to do if you come across a wildfire."
As well as issuing general safety advice about being careful with matches, barbecues and discarded cigarettes fire officers are asking people to please be aware of the following:
Dry ground in the summer means there's an added risk of a fire starting, but you should take care at all times of the year. Follow these tips to reduce the chance of a wildfire in the countryside:
Summer downpours can bring summer flooding, so advice from the Environment Agency on protecting homes and property from floodwater is just as relevant at this time of year. And sometimes those downpours come with thunder and lightning which can be dangerous. Do you know what to do if you are caught outside in a thunderstorm?
The Met Office issues fewer severe weather warnings in the summer but, in most summers, there will still be some. Find out what the different warnings mean with our National Severe Weather Warning Service information.
There are about 260 accidental drowning deaths in inland waters in Britain each year - about 60 per cent of the total number of accidental water deaths.
Follow the advice from The Royal Life Saving Society UK to stay safe this summer:
Contact a reputable outdoor pursuits or coasteering centre if you want to take part in more extreme activities
All of these hazards can be controlled through proper organisation and planning.
For more water safety advice or details on lifesaving courses suitable for children and adults from The Royal Life Saving Society UK.
Colin Stainer, WaterSafe Plumbing & Heating Engineer, has seen it all- freezing houses, burst pipes and extensive water damage. Read on for his top tips.Read more