Help Prevent Countryside Fires

Wednesday 20th July 2016

eastbourne buzz news - Love Our Countryside

As temperatures soar East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service would like to warn residents against carelessly discarding cigarettes and leaving BBQs unattended.

Following today’s Met Office wildlife alert which highlights an elevated risk of wildfires, particularly in the countryside, we would like to share a few tips to keep you summer safe.

Every year in the UK, 1,700 farm buildings and 66,000 acres of grassland are destroyed by fire. 

It can just take moments to start a fire in the open which can quickly get out of control.

Just some simple steps can keep our countryside and farms safe.

Campers and ramblers:

  • Avoid using open fires in the countryside.
  • Sunlight shining through glass can start large fires - take glass bottles/jars home or put them in a waste or recycling bin.
  • Keep young children and ball games away from barbecues.
  • Extinguish cigarettes and other smoking materials properly.
  • Only use barbecues in suitable and safe areas and never leave them unattended.
  • Ensure that your barbecue is fully extinguished and cold before disposing of the contents.
  • Only camp and picnic in designated areas.
  • Obey safety signs.
  • Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows - they can ruin whole fields of crops.               

If a fire breaks out 

If a fire breaks out, call 999 immediately.

It can be hard to give the location for an open area so mention any landmarks, such as a public house or a church in the vicinity.

Don't tackle fires yourself. Always leave it to the professionals.

The Countryside Code 

The Countryside Code contains advice for the public and landowners. 

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.


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