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19th July, 2018 - 9.29pm: 1 crew from Springbourne fire station used hose reels to extinguish 3 ...Read more

19th July, 2018 - 7.56pm: The service received a call at 7.56pm to a smoke alarm sounding in a d...Read more

19th July, 2018 - 6.22pm: Appliances from Ringwood and Springbourne attended reports of a fire o...Read more

19th July, 2018 - 6.11pm: 1 crew from Weymouth fire station were mobilised to a Chalky Road, Bro...Read more

19th July, 2018 - 1.51pm: Christchurch - Four breathing apparatus, two hose reel jets and one sa...Read more

19th July, 2018 - 10.15am: Bournemouth - Following a four vehicle road traffic collision, a crew ...Read more

19th July, 2018 - 06:35am: At 06:35 fire control took the first of 2 calls to reports of a tree o...Read more

19th July, 2018 - 02:46am: At 02:46 fire control took a call to reports of a fire of unknown orig...Read more

18th July, 2018 - 11:52pm: At 23:52 fire control took the first of 4 999 calls to reports of a fi...Read more

18th July, 2018 - 10:34pm: At 22:34 One fire engine from Stratton was sent to reports of a fire o...Read more

Mirrors and glass ornaments

The Fire and Rescue Service has been called to a number of fires in recent years where the most likely cause was sunlight reflecting off a mirror.

Where you have a mirror or any other glass object, such as an ornament, that is curved, this allows the glass to act as a lens. When the sunlight hits it, it becomes concentrated and, if the rays are bounced onto something flammable (such as curtains or soft furnishings) then a fire can start.

The principle is the same as using a magnifying glass to start a fire. It does depend on the angle of the sun, but any mirror or glass ornament with a curve in it should never be left on a windowsill or by a window.

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