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Help us keep cool! Watch out for wildfires

Date : 15 July 2022

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is urging the public to think of everyone else's safety as the temperature continues to rise. 

There is a 100% probability of the Level 4 - Emergency Heat-Health Alert criteria being met between 0000 on Monday and 0000 on Wednesday in parts of England.  This is reached when a heatwave is so severe and/or prolonged that its effects extend outside the health and social care system. At this level, illness and death may occur among the fit and healthy, and not just in high-risk groups.

Read more on the Met Website.

There is also a very high risk of wildfires in the countryside, caused by things like stray sparks from BBQs and cigarettes. Opt for a picnic instead of a BBQ and make sure cigarettes are doused in water.

 Vehicles should not be parked on grassland or other vegetation as the heat from catalytic converter could start a fire. Glass containers and the sun shining from mirrors are another fire risk which can be easily reduced.

With firefighters having to wear heavy protective clothing to deal with emergencies, the Service is stressing the importance of people doing everything they can to avoid needing to call us out and putting our staff under extra pressure.

Top Tips 

If you are out enjoying exercise or having a picnic in the countryside, check out our top tips:-

  • 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
  • Have a picnic not a BBQ and only in designated areas
  • Obey safety signs
  • Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows - they can ruin whole fields of crops 

If a fire breaks out

If you see a fire in the countryside dial 999 immediately

  • Do not attempt to tackle the fire
  • Give a map reference if possible or landmark and wait for the arrival of the fire appliance or ranger in a safe location near a road or carpark
  • Estimate the size of the fire if possible

Don't tackle fires yourself. Always leave it to the professionals

If you have information about illegal fire setting and those responsible please report them (anonymous) to Crimestoppers online or by phone on 0800 555 111 



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