Celebrating the Queen’s Baton visit safely

As the Western Isles welcomes the Queen’s Baton ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow officers from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) have urged people to celebrate safely.

On Saturday 14 June the baton began a 40 day tour of 400 communities across Scotland. It follows a 190,000km round-the-world journey that saw it stop in 70 nations and territories over six continents.

The baton will arrive in the Western Isles today (Monday) in Barra before travelling up through the region visiting Harris, Ness and Stornoway on Tuesday, island residents are set to mark the Queen’s Baton Relay in style.

Local Senior Officer for Western Isles, Billy Wilson, said: “The arrival of the baton in the area is a once-in-a-lifetime event and we want to make sure it’s remembered for the right reasons.

“If anyone is planning to host a street party then it’s vital that they tell the local council, as this lets them work with us to make sure firefighters know about street closures and can use alternative routes to get to any emergencies.

“We can all become distracted and it only takes a second for a potentially devastating fire to start, so it’s vital that we never walk away from a cooker or barbeque that’s in use.

“Anyone who is having a barbeque should make sure it’s located well clear of things like fences, sheds or trees – and everyone should recognise that cooking and alcohol is a lethal mix.“

A wide-range of advice on how people can celebrate safely is available on the SFRS website, www.firescotland.gov.uk, which has a dedicated section for Glasgow 2014.