Every year fire destroys thousands of acres of
countryside and wildlife habitats. Some fires are started
deliberately, but most are due to carelessness. Keep the glorious
British countryside picture perfect and your visit trouble-free by
following our straightforward advice.
- Always extinguish your cigarette and any other smoking
materials properly. Never throw your cigarette butt out of your car
window - it could ruin whole fields of crops.
- Don't leave bottles or glass in woodlands. Sunlight shining
through the glass can start large fires. Take them home or put them
in the waste or recycling bin.
- It may seem a good idea at the time, but a fire in the open can
easily get out of control.
- Keep children away from matches and cigarettes and open
- Check first with the landowner if fires and barbecues are
permitted. Only have them in a safe, designated
- Only use barbecues in suitable and safe areas and never leave
them unattended. Keep young people and ball games away from
- Ensure that your barbecue is fully extinguished and cold before
disposing of the contents.
- 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.
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