1:20pm Monday 14th July 2014
By Gina Bebbington
SUMMER safety is a priority for firefighters offering advice to residents making the most of the great outdoors.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said dry ground in the summer means there is an added risk of a fire starting, and every year fire destroys thousands of acres of countryside and wildlife habitats.
Some fires are started deliberately but most are due to carelessness.
Keith Brooks, head of prevention and protection, said: “A long hot summer is what we hope for, however like many changes in activity, it can bring risks.
“Most of it is common sense but we all need reminders from time to time and I want people to enjoy the countryside and open spaces whilst ensuring they are safe.”
Advice for open fires is that they should be downwind and at least 10m from a tent if it is a camp fire.
Dry vegetation should be cleared to form a circle of earth around the fire and a stack should be built that will collapse inwards while burning.
Do not leave fires unattended and make sure they are fully extinguished after use.
If a fire should break out call the fire and rescue service and give the exact location, providing a map reference if possible or a landmark like a farm or pub.
To avoid grass or forest fires never throw cigarette ends out of a car window or leave bottles or glass in woodlands, as sunlight shining through glass can start a blaze.
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