Service warns of fire dangers during hot weather

PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 August 2018

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A safety warning has been issued after Avon Fire and Rescue Service attended more than 400 incidents due to the hot weather last month.

The authority was called to deal with 417 outdoor fires in July compared to just 179 incidents during the same period in 2017.

The fires have involved grass, trees, bushes and rubbish.

The figure represents a 132 per cent increase and Rob Davis, assistant chief fire officer for the service, is urging people to be cautious when enjoying barbecues during the hot and dry conditions, particularly in the countryside and open grass areas.

He said: “We want everyone to enjoy the nice weather and feel they can have barbecues but there are certain precautions we would like people to take to minimise the risk of fire.

“Basic precautions can make such a big difference, such as taking your rubbish with you as glass bottles and cigarette ends can easily start fires.

“We would also like to encourage people not to have garden bonfires until the hot, dry weather has passed.”

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