06 July 2018
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​Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) are working alongside Northamptonshire Police at Silverstone for the 2018 F1 British Grand Prix.

The role of NFRS at the circuit over the weekend is to provide emergency response and support Silverstone Circuit, alongside multi-agency partners, to ensure everyone at the event leaves having had a safe and enjoyable weekend.

Thousands of fans expected

Group Commander Phil Pells, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service’s event commander, said: “The weekend ahead is set to be a fantastic spectacle for Formula 1 fans with over 110,000 people expected on Sunday’s race day.

“It’s also set to be a hot one so I’d encourage race-goers to take a look at the safety advice below which, if followed, will ensure they have the safest weekend possible and the great weekend ahead of them is not disrupted.

“Finally, if you see one of my firefighters over the weekend, please do say hello and have a great British Grand Prix weekend.”

Safety tips

  • Keep hydrated. Drinking water helps lower your body temperature and replaces the fluid you lose through sweating. Sweating can cause dehydration, making you more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Water should be drunk before you get to the stage of feeling thirsty.
  • If you’re camping, we’re advising against the use of barbecues due to the very dry ground conditions. Check your campsite’s rules and fire safety arrangements and please take extra care with camping cookers too.
  • Never bring a barbecue into a tent, even if it’s only smouldering or appears to have gone out – they can emit deadly carbon monoxide (CO) gas for hours after use.
  • Dispose of cigarette ends responsibly, and avoid leaving glass items in sunlight as reflected rays can start a fire.
  • Keep cooking appliances away from tent walls and flammable materials like long grass, and never cook in a small tent. Keep a torch handy – never use candles in or near a tent.
  • If a fire breaks out, keep calm and get everyone out as quickly as you can. Call 999 and give the exact location – if possible, a map reference, or give a landmark such as a farm or pub. Don’t try and tackle the fire yourself.
  • A fire can destroy a tent in less than 60 seconds. Make sure you know how to escape by cutting your way out if a fire breaks out. Never smoke in a tent, and remind everyone how to put out clothing that’s on fire – stop, drop and roll.
  • If you’re staying in a caravan, make sure you have a smoke alarm and test it so you know it’s working. Take extra care when cooking and never leave pans unattended. Turn off appliances at bed time, and never smoke in bed.
  • If you spot a fire in the countryside, call 999 immediately – early detection can prevent it escalating into a large wildfire incident.