Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service are asking you to be mindful when considering a bonfire this Easter

Thursday 9 April 2020 Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service are asking you to be mindful when considering a bonfire this Easter

 

As the weather begins to get warmer and Easter Bank Holiday just around the corner you may want to spend time in your garden and have a bonfire.

Now that a lot people are at home Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service are asking you to think about your neighbours and local community before lighting a controlled bonfire.

Now more than ever it’s important to consider our community due to the current pandemic.

Smoke could cause issues for your neighbours, particularly if they're unwell or have an underlying health condition.

The Service has seen a rise in the number of calls to bonfire and ‘controlled burning’ in residential areas after reports by concerned neighbours.

There have also been incidences of garden fires spreading to nearby hedges, fences or sheds and even to houses and cars.

NFRS want to encourage you to follow your local authorities’ guidelines before having a controlled bonfire and advise you to follow the following safety advice:

  • If you do decide to have a controlled burn situate it away from sheds, hedges and fences, making sure nothing is overhanging.
  • Do not leave your bonfire unsupervised.
  • Don’t use accelerants such as petrol to start a fire.
  • Be mindful around what you are burning. Smoke from plastic can sometimes be toxic.
  • Contact the Fire Control team on 01332 861800 to avoid crews being called out unnecessarily.

Group Manager Andy Macey, Head of Prevention for NFRS, said: “With warm temperatures and no rain forecast, and the fact that we are all having to stay at home at the moment, it’s likely that some people will use this weekend to start tidying up their garden and getting rid of garden waste.

“In the past few weeks, we have been called out to several reports of fire that turned out to be controlled burning in someone’s garden. Sadly, we’ve also had occasions where a bonfire in the garden has spread to a nearby hedge or fence or a neighbouring property, resulting in a considerable amount of damage and putting people at risk.

“We understand that people may want to dispose of their garden waste by controlled burning at home, but we ask that they follow some simple safety advice to ensure they do this safely and responsibly.

“We’d also ask that if you are going to be having a bonfire, please let us know so we are not called out unnecessarily.”