Avon Fire and Rescue warn people not to use barbecues in the heatwave

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Fire teams in Bristol have received hundreds of calls in the past week due to the hot weather.

Avon Fire and Rescue received 418 calls between July 11 and July 18 about fires in the area.

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This beats the 330 calls they had the week prior - meaning the hot weather has increased calls about fires by 88.

The increase is due to the hot temperatures that have been experienced in the region recently which have led to people starting bonfires, barbecues and even more deliberate fires being started.

Avon Fire and Rescue are urging people not to light BBQ’s. Avon Fire and Rescue are urging people not to light BBQ’s.
Avon Fire and Rescue are urging people not to light BBQ’s. | Avon Fire and Rescue

Avon Fire and Rescue are urging people not to use barbecues to reduce the number of fires happening across Bristol.

They said: “Whilst we understand that many people will be tempted to light fires during this period, we would strongly urge you not to do this.”

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“Barbecues and bonfires pose a significant risk in high temperatures, with the surrounding areas being dry, fires can quickly spread out of control.

“Fires can also emit sparks which can travel sometimes metres from the seat of the fire and set light to grass, wood or even things like garden furniture and trees.”

If you are having a bonfire or a barbecue then the fire service has advice for you to follow.

The rules can be remembered through a simple acronym OOO.

Outside - never use a barbecue indoors, on a balcony or in any kind of conservatory or greenhouse. Never start a bonfire indoors.

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Out of the way: Keep barbecues and fires out of the way of trees, fences, bushes and other garden features. Make sure the area you are barbecuing is legal if you are out and about in local parks. Keep the barbecue away from children and pets.

Out for good: Once finished cooking make sure the BBQ is off and that ashes have been emptied into bare garden soil - not wheelie bins as this can cause fires.

If a BBQ or bonfire does occur the fire services advice is to call 999 immediately.

With the weather breaking record high’s this week the fire service also have advice on how to cope in the heat.

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Avon Fire and Rescue said: “Simple tips are to stay indoors or in the shade, stay hydrated and keep blinds and windows closed during the day.

“Checking in on friends and neighbours to ensure that they are following advice and have enough supplies such as water and sunscreen is also a good idea.”

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