‘Stay safe while in the countryside’ message

Families enjoying day trips and outings to the countryside during the summer holidays have been urged to stay safe.
With the school holidays underway and parents taking advantage of the sustained dry spell to enjoy Staffordshire’s countryside, the need to take care is greater than ever, according to the county council.
County Coun Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for communities, said: “We live amid the most beautiful countryside which we should enjoy, but at the moment we have to take care — a moment’s carelessness could start a terrible fire, while cooling off by swimming in open water can be terribly dangerous.” 
Following weeks of hot weather and little rain, road verges, grass and undergrowth are extremely dry across the county.

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