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East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people how they can help to stay safe during the current heat health alert.

The country is at Level 3 which means there is a 90 % probability of Heat-Health Alert criteria being met between 1200 today (09 August 2022) and 2300 on Sunday 14 August in parts of England.

Enjoy the water safely

Cooling off in the water can be great fun – getting cold water shock is not. Help avoid it by getting in the water slowly. Make sure you are with friends or family, and ideally head to somewhere with lifeguards. If you get in trouble – float like a starfish!

Postpone your barbecues and bonfires

It would be great if you can postpone any plans for barbecues or bonfires. These have been the source of numerous grass fires and garden fires. Cooking inside your home won’t quite be the same experience but it will be a lot safer for everyone.


The sun can start fires both inside and outside buildings by reflecting off mirrors or shining through glass. Remove glass ornaments or mirrors from direct sunlight and keep curtains drawn.

Protect our countryside

Large wildfires are thankfully rare but, when they do occur, they can be very serious and affect large areas of the countryside. 

Fires can start from the smallest spark, so if you smoke, please wait until you are somewhere you can do so safely rather than in fields, grassland or woodland. 

Taking any rubbish home with you after picnics will also be hugely helpful, so things like glass bottles don’t start fires.

Preventing deliberate fires – we can help

Working with partner agencies, the Services aims to provide education to prevent individuals – and groups – from engaging in starting fires deliberately.

Children who play with fire are an increasing problem. Very often, the child's fire play begins from curiosity.

We can support families who suspect children may be involved through our Firewise scheme: https://www.esfrs.org /firewise/ 

The tell-tale signs of firesetting 

  • Small burn holes in carpets
  • Charred paper in sinks or wastebaskets
  • Matches or lighters hidden in bedrooms
  • An unusual fascination with fires
  • Unexplainable fires in your home


All of our ‘Firewise’ advisors will provide information, support, advice and guidance to you and the young person. 

Our advisors are available to visit schools, home or other establishments. Permission of parents/carers is required before any visit is undertaken. Once a referral is received, an advisor will make contact to arrange a visit at a time and place convenient for you and the young person.

Date: 09 August 2022
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