MP reminds constituents of the fire service’s top tips to prevent rural fires

Following the increasing number of wildfires occurring in Bedfordshire in recent days, NE Beds MP Alistair Burt is encouraging constituents to be aware of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s tips to prevent rural fires. 

Alistair said: 

“During this prolonged spell of hot, dry weather I would like to remind constituents to take extra care when they are enjoying the countryside and to be vigilant if they spot anything concerning.  There are a number of ‘top tips’ which Bedfordshire Fire have prepared: 

  • Extinguish cigarettes properly and don’t throw cigarette ends on the ground;
  • Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows;
  • Don’t leave bottles or glass in woodland – sunlight shining through glass can start fires (take them home and recycle them);
  • Take your litter home;
  • Only use barbecues in a suitable and safe area and never leave them unattended;
  • Avoid using open fires in the countryside.  Always have them in safe designated areas;
  • If you see a fire in the countryside, report it to the fire and rescue service immediately;
  • Don’t attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water – leave the area as quickly as possible;
  • If you can, prepare for the arrival of the fire and rescue service at the pre-arranged meeting point, by unlocking gates, etc.

I am immensely grateful for everything that our local Stations at Sandy, Potton, Harrold and Biggleswade are doing in such difficult conditions and we must all do as much as we can to reduce the risks of rural fires occurring”.