The sunshine is great for people getting out and about, but please take care when you are out in the countryside.
In the UK, fire statistics show that on average 74,000 fires are started on grass and heath land every year. So it's important to stay fire-aware when out and about in the sun.
Fires can be as devastating to wildlife and habitats as they are to people and property, and some simple steps, from taking care with your barbeque, to disposing of cigarettes and matches responsibly, can help ensure you can enjoy yourself in safety - a few moment's thought could save lives and land.
Advice to stay safe
By following the Fire and Rescue Service's common sense advice you can ensure people and the countryside stays safe from the effects of fire:
When camping in the countryside, if you must have an open fire:
Camp fires should be set downwind
Do not leave fires unattended
Make sure that fires are fully extinguished after use
Grass and forest fires spread rapidly
Never throw cigarette ends out of car window - they could start a fire and ruin surrounding countryside
Don't leave bottles or glass in woodlands. Sunlight shining through glass can start a fire. Take them home or put them in a waste or recycling bin
Take care to follow any local rules about using barbecues in the countryside.
Never leave a barbecue unattended
Take great care when disposing of the ashes
Always keep a bucket of water or sand nearby for emergencies
If a fire should breakout:
Call the fire and rescue service and give the exact location
If necessary give a map reference. If this is not possible a landmark such as a farm or pub etc, will help us to locate you
If you discover a fire:
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