Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

As Lockdown Eases, Be Safe This Summer

29 June 2020

With COVID-19 lockdown gradually easing over the summer, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) is reminding the public of the importance of keeping themselves fire safe and summer safe.

As part of the easing of lockdown restrictions, members of the public will be able to enjoy more summer activities, such as camping and water sports and the Fire & Rescue Service is reminding everyone of the importance of doing so safely.

With caravan parks having re-opened on Friday 26 June, NIFRS is also appealing to all caravan owners to make sure they have a working smoke alarm.

Area Commander Gerry Lennon, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said:

“We know that with some of the restrictions on lockdown easing, people will be keen to go out and enjoy the good weather this summer, so we’re reminding everyone of the importance of staying summer safe. You can do that by following our simple advice, which is available through our social media and our website.

“If you’re planning to visit a caravan park, it’s really important that you consider the importance of fire safety. Remember to take the necessary safety precautions, make sure everyone knows what to do in an emergency and crucially make sure you have a working smoke alarm.

“If you’re planning on barbequing remember never leave it unattended. This is also the time of year when water based activities increase, so if you’re swimming or using a boat, please act responsibly and always take the necessary safety precautions.

Summer often sees an increase in wildfires and gorse fires. Some of these fires can start accidentally, by careless disposal of BBQs and smoking materials. Over the previous few months NIFRS responded to over 1,160 wildfires. These fires can be very demanding for our firefighters.

Area Commander Gerry Lennon, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service continued:

“With more people out and about, enjoying the summer, we’re asking the community to be vigilant and think about their safety. People need to be careful with their rubbish, using portable BBQs, and disposing of cigarette butts in the countryside as they might accidentally start a fire which quickly spreads and draws our Firefighters away from where they’re needed the most.

“Thankfully we’ve been able to continue protecting our community throughout this pandemic, but we still need everyone’s support to avoid putting unnecessary pressure on our Firefighters as we move into this next phase. To support your Firefighters, it’s really important that everyone continues to follow the NI Executive’s instructions on hand and respiratory hygiene, social distancing and the numbers of people allowed to meet outside”

Further information on summer fire safety and summer safety advice can be found on or you can visit NIFRS on Facebook or follow @nifrsofficial on Twitter.

NIFRS Summer Safety Advice 

Barbecue Safety

Whether you are in the garden or out camping, follow these simple tips to barbeque safety and avoid injuries or damage to property from fire.

Additional Tips for Gas Barbecues

Camping Safety

Caravan and Mobile Home Safety

Many of the same rules about fire safety in the home also apply to caravans and mobile homes.

Boat Safety

Fire can be a dangerous and terrifying event, but its effects become even more serious when escape is either difficult or leads to a place of other danger. Reduce the risk from fire by following these simple tips.

If a fire occurs on the marina

If a fire occurs at sea

Water Safety

When the weather is warm, the idea of cooling down in water can be very tempting but there are many hidden dangers that make some waterways unsuitable and unsafe for swimming.

Swimming at the Beach

Covid-19 NIFRS Response

Safety Check

Job Vacancies

Stop Fire

Road Safety