Spring Countryside Safety Advice
Every year fire destroys thousands of acres of countryside and wildlife habitats. Some fires are started deliberately, but most are due to carelessness. Let's all play our part in keeping our countryside safe and beautiful by following the advice below:
- If you smoke, always extinguish your cigarette and any other smoking materials properly. Never throw your cigarettes out of your car window - it could ruin whole fields of crops or moorland areas.
- Don't leave bottles or glass in the countryside. Even during the months of spring the sunlight is strong enough to shine through glass and start large fires. Take them home or put them in the waste or recycling bin.
- Camp fires in the open can easily get out of control. Never light a fire or barbeque in the open countryside.
Barbecues should be a safe and enjoyable experience but it's all too easy to be distracted when you have friends and family around you whilst cooking. So be prepared by reading our essential barbeque tips for staying safe.
If you see a fire in the countryside, report it immediately. Don't attempt to tackle fires that can't be put out with a bucket of water. Leave the area as soon as possible and dial 999.