Safety advice issued after recent grass and rubbish fires

26/06/2018

​It’s getting to that time of year again where we are starting to see grass and rubbish fires increasing across the county.  

As temperatures heat up, you might be out and about in the countryside, or planning a BBQ or bonfire in your garden at home, so it’s important to remember that fire safety doesn’t stop when you leave the house.

Our Fire Control team took a number of calls overnight about grass and rubbish fires across the county, ranging from allotment fires in Sneinton and Langold, to a garden fire which spread to a house in Mapperley.

But it is not just last night where our crews have been mobilised to deal with these incidents, with the last couple of weeks showing an increase as the weather warms up.

Some of these fires were believed to have been set deliberately, but did you know that this is a criminal offence? Setting a fire in grassland can easily get out of control, and you could be taking our crews away from attending a lifesaving emergency.

So, if you’re planning a BBQ or bonfire in your garden:
• Never leave a barbeque unattended.
• Keep all barbeques and bonfires well away from sheds, trees and property as fires can easily spread.
• Empty ashes onto bare garden soil, not into dustbins – if ashes are hot, they can melt through plastic and cause a fire.

If you’re out in the countryside:
• Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows – they could start a fire.
• Avoid setting open fires in the countryside as they can easily spread.
• Don’t leave bottles or glass in woodlands, as sunlight shining through glass can start a fire.
• Don’t attempt to tackle fires which can’t be put out with just a bucket of water. Leave the scene as soon as possible and call 999 immediately.

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