Prepare for the Grass Fire Season
There have been at least 484 grass fires in Wales since the start of April, according to the latest figures.There were 100 in a day alone (April 15th
It’s safe to say that grass fire season has begun.
Grass fires take up a lot of our firefighters time and budget, from Easter through to December. So far this year, dealing with grass fires has cost the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service £850,000.
What’s worse is that grass fires have absolutely no benefits to the environment. They do not improve lawns or kill weed, though many believe otherwise.
- Spring is the worst time of year for grass fires
- They’re common on dry, hot days
- If it’s windy, the breeze will spread the fires
- Sunlight shining through glass can start a fire
- Lit cigarettes are a massive source of ignition
- Arson is another
- Many grass fires are started by children
Of all the grass fires dealt with in South East Wales, 90% of were started deliberately.
Fire setting was shockingly still common during the two months when there was a lot of flooding, and the ground was wet and sodden.
What can you do?
- Put out cigarettes and lit materials before exiting your vehicle
- Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows
- Report any fires that you see
- Educate your children about the dangers of grass fires
- Never leave camp fires or barbeques unattended
- Extinguish any BBQ or camp fires properly after use
- Don’t leave bottles or glass in woodlands
Stay safe yourself
- Never attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water
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