Welcome from the Chief
Put safety first in the sunshine
We’ve had some great weather so far this year, and this month I am highlighting the dangers associated with some common summertime fires.
Fires can destroy acres of countryside
During warmer weather, the grass and vegetation is generally dry, which means if you accidentally start a fire outdoors it can spread very quickly, destroying everything in its path.
Add a light summer breeze to the equation and the fire will spread even more rapidly.
Tying up resources
Each small fire has the potential to tie up resources and prevent us from attending other life threatening incidents.
A flicked cigarette from a car window, a barbecue that sets fire to a hedge, or a bonfire left unattended could start a blaze that destroys acres of countryside, crops and wildlife.
If the fire starts closer to home, it could destroy your garden, spread to your house and endanger the lives of those inside.
Just last month three crews were called to a property in Greenfield to deal with controlled burning in a garden which had spread out of control, causing substantial damage to outbuildings.
Notify us if you are burning garden waste
If you are planning on burning garden waste, then please notify us
by calling 01931 522 006 – this will help prevent crews being called out needlessly.
Remember to site any bonfire well away from buildings, fences, trees and garden structures and 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.
Barbecues can be enjoyable but you need to keep safety in mind when cooking outdoors – keep barbecues well away from pets and children and make sure that you dispose of the ashes safely.
Don’t drink and cook
Many will also be enjoying a few drinks out and about as well as at home in the garden during the lighter evenings – and I would urge that you avoid cooking after drinking, especially should you feel peckish after returning home after a night out.
The best way to kill off the hunger pangs but stay safe yourself is to get a takeaway or prepare a sandwich before you go out.
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