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Restrictions easing and fires outside increasing

Date : 12 April 2021


East Sussex Fire and Rescue are urging everyone to stay safe following a further easing of lockdown restrictions and an increase in fires in the open.

Fifty percent increase

During the first two weeks of April, we attended 48 fires in the open ranging from chiminea fires through to discarded BBQ’s.  Fires in the open have increased by 50% from last year and this could be due to the lifting of lockdown restrictions and more people wanting to enjoy socially distanced activities. 

As lockdown restrictions ease, 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.

Simple safety steps

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. 

Further information

For further information visit: https://www.esfrs.org/your-safety/safer-homes/countryside/ 


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