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State Fire and Rescue Service advises residents to not forget about safety during Easter

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUEaster holiday is a time when the first gardening work is performed. It is also the beginning of the barbecue season. To make sure the holiday is not ruined by accidents, State Fire and Rescue Service invites residents to keep in mind their and other people’s safety when celebrating indoors and outside.

Meteorological forecasts suggest Easter in Latvia will be cold and volatile – some regions may be sunny and other regions may experience snowfall. Experience from previous years shows that people find ways to set fire to grass regardless of weather.

SFRS reminds that burning previous year’s grass is not a good way to clean up one’s garden – burning grass is prohibited. «This not only puts at risk people’s property, they health and even lives, but also does serious damage to nature. It is every resident’s responsibility to prevent a fire. SFRS reminds that burning old grass is neither an old tradition nor a good way to combat ticks,» the service reminds.

It is likely meteorologists’ forecast will not deter people from opening the barbecue season, the service reminds. «We ask residents to be careful and remember that grilling equipment should be placed on a stable surface far away from flammable objects. It is not allowed to use petrol or other potentially dangerous fuel for a barbecue, because their use can result in injury,» the service explains.

SFRS also reminds that children should not be allowed to come close to grilling equipment – it may be dangerous for them.

«If residents want to put together a bonfire, we remind that it is necessary to find out the rules in the chosen area in regards to bonfires, because not all regions permit it – happy time could end abruptly with a serious fine,» SFRS reminds.

The service also reminds that before setting up a bonfire it is necessary to clear the area of any flammable objects (dry grass, tree branches, etc.). «The bonfire bed should be prepared by piling up soil or building a fire bed with rocks. It is also important to keep a bottle of water close by in case something goes wrong and to make sure a put-out fire does not start up again. Do not burn plastic products or rubber tires, because they produce poisonous fumes when burning.»

When celebrating Easter indoors or outdoors it is always important to keep in mind the safety of children – never leave them on their own without any supervision. Children should be carefully supervised when near bonfires or water, because leaving them on their own near can result in a serious tragedy, SFRS reminds.

If weather forces residents to celebrate Easter indoors, SFRS also suggests keeping an eye on the oven and eggs, as well as keeping lit candles away from flammable objects.

«We remind that in the event of an accident or need from rescue services, residents should call 112,» SFRS reminds.


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