Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service issue bonfire warning appeal
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service are asking people to contact them with details of any planned bonfires after a series of false alarm calls.
Over the last few days there have been 20 unnecessary fire engine deployments due to 999 callers mistaking bonfires for uncontrolled fires.
Mark Blatchford, from the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service prevention group, said: "Whilst we would never discourage the public in making a call to the emergency services if they are concerned about a potentially hazardous fire, if we have been made aware in advance that controlled burning or a bonfire is taking place in a certain location, we will not send out appliances unnecessarily to the scene - potentially taking resources away from an emergency.
"Our appeal is to those who are planning a controlled burn – all it takes is a phone call. Once we are aware of a controlled burn, our highly trained 999 control room operators can judge how best to respond to an emergency call."
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The law does not stop people having bonfires, but under the Environmental Protection Act, action can be taken if a fire causes a statutory nuisance due to smoke or smell.
The Fire Service has release 8 top tips for planning a safely controlled bonfire:
1. Locate the bonfire in an open area away from any buildings, sheds or fences.
2. Check the weather conditions, looking specifically at the direction and speed of the wind.
3. Have a hose or buckets of water put in place in advance to extinguish the fire should it get out of control.
4. Ensure before lighting the bonfire that no highly flammable materials will be involved such as gas canisters, paint tins, any form of chemicals and aerosols or plastics.
5. Ensure the fire collapses inwards when it burns.
6. Never leave a fire unattended or to have too few people to control it.
7. Never use petrol or paraffin on a fire.
8. Ensure that the remaining embers are fully extinguished before leaving alone and check next day to ensure it has not reignited.
If you are planning a large bonfire in Cornwall, inform the Fire and Rescue Service of your location and intended period of burning on 01872 320205.