KFRS issues country-side fire safety warning
UK fire and rescue service warns of rural fire hazards throughout hot summerWith a hot summer predicted, Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is urging people to protect the countryside by being extra careful not to start or cause fires through carelessness.
A few days of warm weather can dry out vegetation and grass verges, so crop fields and woodland can easily catch light if people are careless with cigarettes or don't extinguish fires or barbecues properly. This may also affect wildlife and threaten buildings or even human life if a fire spreads rapidly.
Charlie Smith from KFRS's Community Safety team said: "During warmer weather, grass and crop fires can be serious problem for the Service and tie up a huge amount of our valuable firefighting resources. We want to encourage people to take care and think about what they're doing. For example, drivers should refrain from discarding cigarettes through car windows while driving along as this, combined with dry grass verges, can easily lead to fires and threaten people, wildlife and buildings. I would also remind people that throwing cigarettes or any other rubbish from vehicles is regarded as littering and subject to at least a fine."
He added: "Another major problem for us is young people deliberately setting fires so, if you are a parent, we urge you to warn them of the dangers of fire, as well as keeping matches and lighters out of their reach."
By following these important safety tips people can help to prevent fires starting in the first place:
Report any information on fire setting activities and those responsible (anonymously if need be) to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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