How to reduce the risk of wildfires
Dry ground in the summer means there’s an added risk of a fire starting, but you should take care at all times of the year. Follow these tips to reduce the chance of a wildfire in the countryside:
- Extinguish cigarettes properly and don’t throw cigarette ends on the ground – take your litter home
- Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows
- Avoid using open fires in the countryside
- Don’t leave bottles or glass in woodland – sunlight shining through glass can start fires (take them home and recycle them)
- Only use barbecues in a suitable and safe area and never leave them unattended
- If you see a fire in the countryside, report it to the fire and rescue service immediately
- Don’t attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water – leave the area as quickly as possible
In the countryside
Every year, fire destroys thousands of acres of countryside and wildlife habitats. Some fires are started deliberately, but most are due to carelessness.
- Put out cigarettes and other smoking materials properly before you leave your vehicle
- If you see a fire in the countryside, report it immediately
- Avoid open fires in the countryside, always have them in safe designated areas
- If you can, prepare for the arrival of the fire and rescue service at the pre-arranged meeting point, by unlocking gates, etc.
The Countryside Code applies to all parts of the countryside. Most of it is just good common sense, designed to help us all to respect, protect and enjoy our countryside.
The Code makes it clear what the responsibilities are for both the public and the people who manage the land. It has information about rights, responsibilities and liabilities and how we all have a duty to protect the countryside. Together with common sense, it helps to make it easy for visitors to act responsibly and identify possible dangers.
For more information visit The Countryside Code.