Plea to revellers to make sure celebrations are safe

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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is urging people to ensure any celebrations welcoming the Queen’s Baton Relay to Angus are safe.

Residents, like others throughout the country, are set to mark the Queen’s Baton Relay in style when it reaches the county this Saturday and Local Senior Officer for Angus, Dave Stapley, said the event should be remembered for all the right reasons.

He said: “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 barbecue that’s in use.

“Anyone who is having a barbecue should make sure it’s located well clear of 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,, which has a dedicated section for Glasgow 2014.

The final destination of the Queen’s Baton Relay will be Glasgow, where on July 23 the message Her Majesty The Queen placed in the baton will be read at the Opening Ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games.