Stay safe to avoid outdoor fires
A SPATE of grass fires has accompanied the recent scorching start to the summer, and Cheshire Fire And Rescue have the advice to prevent further problems.
The fire service say that every year fire is responsible for the destruction of thousands of acres of countryside, open spaces and wildlife habitat with some fires lasting several days.
In an attempt to avoid creating unwanted heat, the service has released guidelines on staying safe in the sun.
The fire service said: “Avoid using open fires in the countryside.
“Do not leave bottles or glass in woodlands.
“Keep young children and ball games away from barbecues.
“Extinguish cigarettes and other smoking materials properly.
“Only use barbecues in suitable and safe areas and never leave them unattended.
“Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows – they can ruin whole fields of crops.
“Ensure that your barbecue is fully extinguished and cold before disposing of the contents.
“Sunlight shining through glass can start large fires – take glass bottles/jars home or put them in a waste or recycling bin.”
In addition, the fire service urge people to contact them immediately in the event of a fire. ●
“Please take care when in the countryside and alert the service to fires as early as possible via 999 calls.
“An early call could mean the difference between a small, easily controllable fire and a widespread, devastating fire.”
If a fire breaks out in a rural area, the fire service advise to use landmarks to guide them.
“It can be hard to give the location for an open area so mention any landmarks, such as a public house or a church in the vicinity.
“Do not attempt to put the fire out yourself unless it is very small.
“Grass and crop fire can travel very quickly and change direction without warning.”
Alert services as early as possible by calling 999