Fire safety message ahead of Belladrum festival

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Festival-goers encouraged to enjoy the event in a safe manner.


A senior fire officer is encouraging those attending this year’s Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival to have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Now in its 14th year, the festival returns to the Belladrum Estate near Beauly on Thursday, August 3, until Saturday, August 5, with more than 20,000 people expected to attend.

John MacDonald, Local Senior Officer for Highland is hopeful everyone will have a good time but today took the opportunity to highlight some key safety advice ahead of the event.

He said: “Let me start by saying we want everyone attending this event to enjoy themselves in a safe and responsible manner.

“Many festival-goers will be planning to camp and I would remind them that tents are particularly susceptible to fire so it’s important they are not pitched too close together.

“In addition, I would ask people not to smoke within tents and use torches instead of candles as they are much safer.

“If you’re using camping gas canisters then please read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and please don’t use inside tents. 

“If you are cooking then never do this whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will work alongside its partners including Police Scotland, NHS Highland and Highland Council, at this year’s event to help ensure all appropriate measures are in place to maximise public safety.

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