WITH a heatwave set to hit Greater Manchester today, firefighters want everyone to enjoy the good weather safely by taking care around open waters and barbecues.
Parts of the county are forecast to soar above 30 degrees celsius over the next 24 hours and while it may be tempting to cool off with a dip in a lake or reservoir, the consequences could be deadly.
The sunshine will doubtless lead to more barbecues and over the past few months, the county has seen a number of barbecue-related incidents so firefighters are now asking people to take extra care to ensure they stay safe.
Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “As the weather heats up it’s nice to enjoy outdoor space with family and friends and while we don’t want to stop people enjoying themselves, we want people to stay safe.
“Last year our specialist water rescue units attended nearly 140 incidents where people had got into difficulty in or around water.
“This is often due to people trying to swim in lakes or...
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