New safety campaign to be launched ahead of 'season of celebrations'
An annual campaign encouraging people across Rutland, Leicester and Leicestershire to consider their safety during the forthcoming season of celebrations and events is set be officially launched on Thursday, September 11.
As part of the launch of the Celebrate Safely campaign at Warning Zone, a group of school children will get to witness a demonstration put on by Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, receive some safety advice they can share with their family and friends as well as get the chance to look around a range of emergency vehicles.
Wayne Gale, station manager at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “There are many events taking place in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland at this time of year, and while we want everyone to go out and enjoy themselves, we believe it is essential they keep themselves, their family and friends safe, as well as their property and belongings.
“Celebrate Safely is a campaign that is here to help members of public by offering them many useful safety tips and advice from all the services involved.
“We urge everyone to be vigilant, keeping a watchful eye on candles, divas and their cooking at all times, as well as being cautious when it comes to fireworks and bonfires to help avoid any risk to their loved ones caused by fires.
“We want all our local communities to have a safe end to 2018.”
The campaign ties in with a number of upcoming celebrations through to Christmas and New Year, including Eid, Diwali, Navratri, Halloween and Bonfire Night.
It involves Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Leicestershire Police, Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council, Rutland County Council and a number of district and borough councils across the county.
It will include a social media campaign, a programme of school visits, information stands in local shopping centres and the presence of the services at the celebratory events where they will be on hand to share the key safety messages and advice of the campaign, focusing on the fire risks of diva candles among other things to ensure people consider the safety of their friends and family and enjoy the festive periods safely.
Chief Inspector Jed Keen, neighbourhood policing lead for Leicestershire Police, said: “By taking a few simple steps to protect yourself and your property, you can enjoy this special time of year without the fear of crime.
"Whether you are going to parties, festivals, events, or inviting friends and family round for fun and festivities, we hope that by following the Celebrate Safely advice you have a safe and enjoyable time.”
For more information visit Celebrate Safely