Being outdoors is great for your health and wellbeing. Let's keep our countryside safe.
We can’t control the weather, so the best way to prevent wildfires and grassfires breaking out is to be careful and responsible during hot and dry periods. The conditions make a fire more likely to start, so don’t provide the spark.
If you are out enjoying exercise or having a picnic in the countryside, check out our top tips:-
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 land mark - you can also use apps like What3Words.
- 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.
Keep your home safe: check for hazards
Regularly inspect your home and property for fire hazards:-
- Look out for exposed firewood, leaf and brush clutter and dead and overhanging branches.
- Clear flammable debris – such as dead leaves – from rain gutters.
- Check for spaces between roof tiles or within your home where burning embers could become lodged.
- Make sure that flammable substances (including fertilisers and pesticides) are safely stored.
- Check that all fire exits and property exit routes are clear.
The following links may provide additional information for those who are managing or living on properties in or close to the countryside.