Warning of a heightened risk of grass fires during hot and dry weatherPosted
Due to the Met Office having issued an Amber Extreme Heat Warning for parts of Wales and the lack of recent rainfall, the Fire and Rescue Services and partner agencies across Wales are asking people to be aware of the heightened risk of grass fires and other fires during this period of dry and hot weather.
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s Peter Greenslade, Chair of Operation Dawns Glaw, said;
“We are currently experiencing hot and dry weather conditions, and the forecast for the coming weekend and next week predicts that it will get even hotter. I, therefore, urge people to be extra careful and be aware of the heightened risk of grass fires.
If you are planning a barbeque, you must ensure that the barbecue is placed on a flat, non-combustible service, and well away from a shed, trees or shrubs.
If you are planning to burn rubbish, please reconsider this. Think, can you take it to a local authority waste disposal site instead?
It is illegal to burn grass at this time of year and if you come across somebody burning grassland you can report them, anonymously, to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.
If it is an emergency, you must always call 999.
Let’s all enjoy this glorious weather responsibly and safely. By following the above advice, you will reduce the risk of fire and reduce the impact on our fire crews, our communities and the environment.”
Deputy Minister for Social Partnership, Hannah Blythyn MS, added:
"Many of us will be thinking about visiting the countryside during this weekend’s hot weather. It’s really important to remember, though, that in dry and hot conditions like this even a discarded cigarette or glass bottle can start a major and devastating fire. I would urge people to heed the advice of our emergency services, to do what they can to keep themselves and others safe, and to keep our Welsh countryside beautiful.”
Further information about how to enjoy the outdoors safely by visiting: Keeping You Safe - North Wales Fire And Rescue Service (gov.wales)
- If outdoors – there is a high risk of accidental fires from barbecues, lit cigarettes, glass bottles and the like, so please discard these materials responsibly.
- Do not burn any waste, for example refuse or garden waste – please use local authority waste collection, recycling and composting services instead.
- As well as helping to keep your house cooler, we recommend turning off electrical appliances which are not in use, to prevent any electrics overheating. Our advice is always to never overload sockets, through keeping to one plug per socket.
- If you see a fire or anyone starting one, please call 999 so that it can be tackled as soon as possible.
- Water can still be cold in summertime, so beware of cold water shock.
- Water levels are lower due to the sustained dry spell, so don’t dive into unfamiliar water.
- Reservoirs and quarries are usually not safe places to swim, unless authorised. Visit Welsh Water’s guidance on reservoirs
- If in danger, float to live, don’t enter the water to rescue someone or a pet – call 999 immediately if there is danger to life.
- In the event of danger in the water, if inland – ask for the fire service. At the coast – ask for the coastguard.
More information on water safety