Stay safe to avoid out­door fires

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

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

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