Inappropriate campfires and disposable barbecue use prompts fire safety message

The fire service has urged people enjoying the summer to think twice before lighting a campfire or using a disposable barbecue.

The warning comes following the discovery of several abandoned campfires and irresponsible barbecue use in Richmondshire

Alyson Down, North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service community safety officer, said we were fortunate to have many lovely outdoor spaces to gather with friends and family to enjoy the nice weather.

But she added that the fire service would like to encourage everyone to enjoy these spaces responsibly and reduce the risk of fires.

Alyson added: “We have seen evidence recently of campfires and disposable BBQ’s in unsuitable locations causing damage to the environment.

“We have had fire crews called out to abandoned campfires and we are concerned about the number of glass bottles being discarded as rubbish; particularly during such dry conditions where the magnified suns rays could easily start a fire.”

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue and Richmondshire District Council have shared some top tips for Outdoor Fire Safety to help everyone enjoy a safer summer.

If you use a disposable barbecue or have a campfire:

• Only light fires in safe, designated areas.

• Do not light fires or use disposable BBQ’s on moorland, grass or near wooden fences, woodland or undergrowth that could catch fire.

• Do not use disposable barbecues near or on wooden benches.

• Place disposable BBQ’s on a stand, bricks or paving slabs on an even surface

• Do not leave campfires or BBQ’s unattended.

• Dispose of BBQ’s appropriately. Ensure it has cooled before putting it in the bin, this could take several hours. Consider pouring water over it to make sure it’s out.

• Extinguish campfires before leaving. Use water, sand or earth to fully
extinguish it. Remember embers can smolder for a long time.

• If a fire gets out of control keep a safe distance and call the Fire Service on 999

• If you see a fire in the countryside, report it immediately.