Dry Weather Warning How to Reduce the Risk of Wildfires

Photo Fire crew from West Hartford extinguishing a tree and grass fire at Gallagher Park this weekend 

Every year, fire destroys thousands of acres of countryside, and although some are started deliberately, most of them are due to carelessness. Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service  are reminding everyone to take particular care not only during this current dry spell but throughout the year. 

Paul Hedley Chief Fire Officer said:   “We are currently experiencing warm weather and it is only natural to want to go outdoors and enjoy it with family and friends but it is also important to stay fire-aware when out and about.”

 “With the dry weather set to continue for the foreseeable period we are asking the public to be vigilant and by following these few simple steps we can all help to reduce the chance of a wildfire in the countryside.

Staying Safe Do’s & Don’ts;

 • Extinguish cigarettes properly, don’t throw cigarette ends on the ground or out of car windows – take your litter home.

• Avoid open fires in the countryside. Always have them in safe designated areas.

 • If you see a fire in the countryside, report it immediately to the Fire & Rescue Service. Early detection can prevent it from developing into a large wildfire incident.

 • Don’t attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water – leave the area as quickly as possible and ring 999

 • Landowners and Land Managers are also advised, where possible, to be prepared for fires and ensure that fire breaks are cut and well maintained with any cut grasses and vegetation removed from the site.

We are also warning people to be extra cautious when lighting barbeques and bonfires during the dry spell.

• Only use barbeques in suitable and safe areas; never leave them unattended.

• Never use petrol or an accelerant to start a BBQ, it can ignite quickly and soon get out of control. Only use approved lighting fuels. 

For further fire safety advice call the Community Fire Safety team 
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