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Help Us Prevent Fires in the Open

Date : 02 June 2020

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Stay safe out there not only with social distancing but taking care to look after our countryside during this beautiful weather.

As temperatures increase more people will naturally want to take this opportunity to safely meet-up outside at our stunning outdoor spaces across East Sussex, Brighton and Hove.

However, dry conditions can mean that fires start very easily if people do not take extra care when outside.

Each year UK, 1,700 farm buildings and 66,000 acres of grassland are destroyed by fire. Help us to help you by taking just a few simple safety steps to prevent a devastating fire in the open:

  • 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.
  • Obey safety signs.
  • Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows - they can ruin whole fields of crops.

The variety of fires in the open that our crews attended yesterday (1 June) demonstrates just how easily fires in the open can start and how quickly they can spread: 

  • At 8.16 yesterday a crew were sent to a fire in the open along A259, following reports of a small fire in roadside vegetation. Firefighters used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire.
  • At 12.20 yesterday five appliances, including three specialist Land Rovers used to tackle fires in the open, attended a fire (100mx100m) in undergrowth and forestry at Tilsmore Wood, Cross in Hand, Heathfield. Crews used hose reel jets, flexi packs and beaters to get the fire under control. A re-inspection took place in the evening at 1900.
  • At 15.56 yesterday one appliance was mobilised to a small fire located in a plant pot in front of a house in Mendip Way, Eastbourne. No action required as fire was out on arrival.
  • At 20.22 yesterday two appliances were sent to a fire in the open, caused by a BBQ, in St Helens Wood, St Helens Park Road. The area was made safe.
  • At 20.46 yesterday a fire engine was sent to Stanmer Park, Brighton, where the crew tackled a small fire in the open, using a specialist flexi-pack.
  •  At 21.41 yesterday one fire engine attended a fire in the open in Cowley Drive, Brighton, caused by a large bonfire, where firefighters used one hose reel jet to tackle the incident.
  •  At 21.48 yesterday two appliances were sent to a fire in the open in Main Street, Peasmarsh, involving one tree stump and roots on fire. Firefighters used a specialist flexi to tackle the fire, which had spread to undergrowth.

 Be Coast and country Aware- Stay safe and safeguard our emergency services

Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF) is reminding members of the public to stay safe when visiting the county’s coastal sites and open areas.

Following government changes to Covid-19 restrictions, members of the public are able to exercise freely and travel any distance to reach outdoor areas for the purpose of exercise or recreation, whilst complying with social distancing regulations.

An increase in visitors to coastal areas and national parks in Sussex is therefore expected as the warm weather continues, and SRF partners are urging all to stay safe, safeguarding themselves and the county’s emergency services.






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