NFRS advice during the hot and dry weather

During a period of unrelenting heat across the county Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has been working round the clock to battle an increase in calls-outs.

Even though we have not banned the use of open fires or non-gas barbeques we advise you do not use them whilst the ground and ground cover is dry and yellow. If you do decide to use open fires and non-gas barbeques please be extremely careful and remember that you do so at your own risk. Please consider that flying embers from the fires could cause a fire in an adjacent area. It does not take much to start a devastating fire whether it be to stubble / undergrowth / standing crop; it will soon spread and could seriously put lives at risk including those of our hardworking firefighters.

In addition take care when using multi-fuel stoves and gas barbeques and use additional control measures such as not leaving them unattended, increasing ground clearance and placing them on hard standing away from the ground. Owners of camp sites and other similar premises should carry out a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment to reduce the risk of fires starting and spreading from this type of fire risk.

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