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Outdoor Fire Safety

Follow our fire safety advice to stay safe outdoors;

 

Bonfires

  • Site the bonfire well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs
  • Never leave the bonfire burning unattended
  • Build the stack so that it is stable and will not collapse outwards or to one side
  • NEVER use flammable liquids - paraffin or petrol - to light the fire
  • Don't burn foam-filled furniture, aerosols, tins of paint and bottles
  • Keep everyone away from the fire - especially children, who must be supervised at all times
  • Pour water on the embers before leaving

 

Barbeques

  • Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbeques. Never use a barbeque indoors
  • Never leave a barbeque unattended
  • Make sure your barbeque is well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste
  • Keep children, pets and garden games away from the cooking area
  • After cooking, make sure the barbeque is cool before moving it
  • Empty ashes onto bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins. If they’re hot, they can melt the plastic and cause a fire
  • Store gas cylinders outside, away from direct sunlight and frost
  • Make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder
  • After cooking, turn the gas supply off first and then the barbeque control. This will stop any gas from leaking

 

Camping and Caravan

  • Fit and regularly test a smoke alarm in your caravan
  • To avoid a build up of poisonous gases make sure the caravan is ventilated, and never block air vents
  • Never use candles in or near a tent – torches are safer
  • Don’t smoke inside tents
  • Never bring a barbeque inside a tent or caravan. They create deadly carbon monoxide gas which will soon fill an enclosed space suffocating all sleeping inside

 

Countryside Safety

  • Avoid open fires in the countryside. Always have them in safe, designated areas
  • Put out cigarettes and other smoking materials properly before you leave your vehicle
  • Don’t leave bottles or glass in woodlands. Sunlight shining through glass can start a fire. Take them home or put them in a waste or recycling bin
  • If you see a fire in the countryside, report it immediately
  • Don’t attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water – leave the area as soon as possible
  • Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows – they could start a fire and endanger lives.
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