Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service are warning people of the dangers of grass fires after an increase of incidents across the County.
With the intense heat, the Service has seen a sharp increase in field and grass fires and is urging people to take extra care when they are out in the county.
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Fire Prevention and Arson Manager, Moreno Francioso, said: With the extreme heat the grass and woodland areas across the county are very dry. Unfortunately, this increases the additional risk of grass and woodland fires which can spread very quickly and escalate out of control. When these fires start near homes or business premises, the consequences can be devastating.
“In the last week our crews have attended 43 fires in the open. These range from grass fires, bonfires and BBQ’s which have got out of control and spread to hedges or fencing, hay on fire and an incident involving fly tipped rubbish. Whilst a number of these fires have been accidental, some have been deliberately started. By starting grass fires you are not only risking injury to yourselves and others, including firefighters, you also risk criminal prosecution and a fine or even a prison sentence. So please don’t take the risk!”
Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Fire Safety, Cllr Andy Crump added: “The safety of Warwickshire communities is paramount. Therefore it is essential that residents and those visiting the county play their part to help keep our countryside, parks and woodland areas safe. If you do spot a fire, please do not attempt to deal with it, please call 999 immediately.”
If you are planning to head out to enjoy the parks and beautiful countryside across Warwickshire, please be follow our basic summer fire safety advice:
- Never leave garden fires or barbeques unattended and extinguish them properly after you have finished using them. Always ensure that you have a hose or bucket of water on hand to put the fire out.
- Do not discard of cigarettes out of your car window or near fields or grass areas and ensure they are completely extinguished before you leave.
- Clear away bottles, glasses and any broken glass to avoid them magnifying the sun and starting a fire.
- Talk to your children about the dangers of playing with or lighting fires. Explain that what can start as a small fire, can quickly get out of control and have a devastating impact.
- If you see any rubbish that has been dumped please report it to your local district or borough council.