East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is warning of the dangers of bonfires as autumn begins.
Neal Robinson, Head of Community Risk Management said:
“We know that there are lots of keen gardeners who will be clearing away leaves, cuttings and other greenery at this time of year. All of this can be recycled by composting and we would urge people to do this wherever possible instead of having bonfires. If you don’t have a compost bin at home, check your Council website for further information about local collections or recycling sites.
Fire can spread easily so if you do have a bonfire, keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby just in case. You should call 999 if it gets out of control. Make sure you do not put yourself or others in danger.”
Bonfire safety tips
Neighbours: Choose a time least likely to affect your neighbours (e.g. not on a warm day when they may be enjoying their gardens) and let them know beforehand so they are less likely to complain
Location: Build the bonfire away from sheds, fences and trees and check there are no cables - like telephone wires - above the bonfire.
Pay attention: Never leave the bonfire unattended and keep children and pets away from the flames.
Burn with care: Don't use petrol or paraffin to get the fire going - it may get out of control quickly. Only burn dry material - not damp, which causes more smoke and don't burn aerosols, tyres, canisters or anything containing foam or paint. Many produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode, causing injury.
Put it right out: Once the bonfire has died down, spray the embers with water to stop it reigniting.
East Sussex County Council:
Brighton and Hove City Council: