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Safety warning for enjoying the countryside


Date: 10th April, 2019

With the Easter holidays underway and the May bank holidays fast approaching, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding the public to take care when out and about.

When good weather combines with children being off school, it’s natural that families will want to enjoy the sunshine, especially in our beautiful local countryside. However, it only takes a moment of thoughtlessness to lead to a fire starting.

Gaynor Mant, from the Prevention department, said: “If you decide to have a campfire or barbecue, please make sure that you’re in a safe area and that the ashes are fully extinguished and damped down before you leave. Large wildfires are thankfully rare but, when they do occur, they take a great deal of resources to bring under control, which impacts the availability of our crews for property fires and other emergencies. The damage to local wildlife is also significant, often destroying ecosystems that have taken years to build up.”

She added: “Barbecues and bonfires can get out of control very easily. If you are burning garden waste in the garden, please 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 accelerate. Always call 999 if you think the fire is spreading.”

The Service has the following advice for enjoying the outdoors safely:

More information can be found at www.dwfire.org.uk/heath-fires

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