This wonderful sunny weather means that the outdoor life is a breeze right now … and the heatwave is set to last for the time-being. But times are more challenging for landowners and those responsible for spaces when the weather is so dry. Warnings have gone out that visitors must be extra vigilant when enjoying their activities outside, and to keep alert for any flashes of wildfire.
Large blazes have already been tackled on Saddleworth Moor in the Pennines and Wishaw, Birmingham. In the West firefighters have been stretched in fighting various fires around the region, including an 800 metre fire on Brendon Common near Lynton, and a blaze on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, where locals were advised to keep their windows shut as the smoke drifted.
Wildfires start for various reasons. But it is worth remembering that permissions must be sought from landowners before lighting barbecues or starting camp fires, and usually these are only in designated areas. Always be responsible when smoking and ensure that cigarettes are fully extinguished before responsibly disposing them, and never throw cigarette ends from a vehicle, they may start a fire. After a visit to the countryside, always take your rubbish home and particularly never leave any glass as this might act as a magnifying source to start a blaze. It’s a tinder out there with dry bracken, grass, heat and wall to wall sunshine.
If you do see a wildfire out of control report it immediately. For all your fire safety needs including fire alarms, extinguishers, fire blankets, fire risk assessments and fire safety training for your staff contact our staff at Bath & West Fire & Safety.