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Summer safety warning following hot spell

Date : 02 June 2017


During the hot weather residents are being urged to be extra vigilant when it comes to preventing fires outside.

Summer in East Sussex, Brighton & Hove entices both visitors and locals out into the fresh air to enjoy both the countryside and the coast.

Consequently, both farm buildings and grassland can be inadvertently destroyed by carelessness.

Overnight there have been a number of incidents involving grass fires:


  • At 17.18 yesterday (1 June) Lewes firefighters were sent to an accidental fire in the open, which set a telegraph pole on fire. The crew used one hose reel to extinguish the accidental fire in Neaves Lane, Ringmer.
  • At 18.03 yesterday (1 June) Roedean firefighters were sent to Stanstead Crescent, in Woodingdean, Brighton, due to a fire on a front lawn and a Home Safety Visit was undertaken at the property.
  • At 18.37 yesterday (1 June) two Hastings appliances were sent to East Hill, in Hastings, following reports of a fire in the open, where crews used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire.
  • At 19.09 yesterday (1 June) Brighton firefighters were sent to Grand Parade, in Brighton, following reports of a fire in the open, caused by a bonfire in a bin. The crew used one High Pressure Hose Reel to extinguish the fire.
  • At 20.11 yesterday (1 June) two Bexhill appliances were sent to Buckholt Lane, in Sidley, Bexhill, following reports of a garage fire within a recreation ground.
  • At 21.56 yesterday (1 June) Reodean firefighters were sent to a playground, in Lower Chalvington Place, in Brighton, where there was a small fire in the open reported, which was out on arrival.
  • At 00.43 this morning (2 June) Roedean firefighters were sent to Telscombe Cliffs, following reports of a small fire in the open. They used a flexi pack to tackle the fire.

 Residents, campers and ramblers are being urged to adhere to the Countryside Code in a bid to keep our beautiful countryside safe from fires and stay vigilant for any signs of fire.

 Campers and ramblers should:

  • 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.

Find out more on how to stay safe this summer.

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