Warning regarding safe burning of waste

Posted 04/05/2018 14:04:39

A fire officer is highlighting the importance of considering safety first when undertaking any burning of waste after three crews of firefighters were called to deal with an incident in Greenfield today.

 

A crew from Holywell and two crews from Deeside were called to the incident on Mostyn Road, Greenfield, Holywell today (Friday 4th May) at 11.11hrs.

 

The fire is thought to have been started by controlled burning spreading out of control. The fire caused substantial damage to outbuildings of the premises involved.

 

Tim Owen, Arson Reduction Manager for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said:

 

“With the promise of fine weather, many residents may be considering burning garden waste over the weekend.

 

“However, controlled burns like this can easily get out of control and I’d ask everyone to keep safety in mind.

 

“When the weather is dry it is easy for fires to spread and burns can very quickly get out of control putting homes and the lives of crews and residents at risk.  So please think safety first before you light up your garden waste this summer!”

 

If you are planning a controlled burn, then please follow the safety tips below:

  • Call North Wales Fire and Rescue Service on 01931 522 006 to notify them of the intended burn – this will help prevent crews being called out needlessly.
  • Site any bonfire well away from buildings, fences, trees and garden structures.
  • Have a garden hose to hand in case the fire starts to get out of control.
  • Don’t light a bonfire on a windy day, as it could flare up more than you expect.
  • Be courteous to your neighbours – if you’re planning a substantial bonfire, let them know, and stay with it at all times to ensure that it remains safe.
  • Never use flammable liquids such as petrol or paraffin to start a bonfire.

 

 

Advice for farmers / landowners:

 

The Heather and Grass Burning Code states that burning is allowed only between the 1st of October and the 31st of March in upland areas and the 1st of November and the 15th of March elsewhere:

Wales.goc.uk/environmentcountryside

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