Spate of "unnecessary" callouts to bonfires prompts appeal from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service
Firefighters in Cornwall have responded to twenty “unnecessary callouts” to bonfires in the past few days, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has reported.
Following a spate of false alarms, the fire service is appealing to members of the public planning to light a bonfire to make the control room aware before the fire has been lit.
Mark Blatchford, from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, said: “While 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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Anyone planning to light a bonfire is asked to call 01872 320 205 and inform the operator when and where the fire will be lit.
The following advice has been issued by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service.
Top tips for planning a safe controlled burn
•Inform Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service on 01872 320 205 and give your location and expected time of burning.
•Locate the bonfire in an open area, away from any buildings, sheds or fences.
•Check the weather conditions, looking specifically at the direction and speed of the wind.
•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.
•Do not leave your bonfire unattended.
•Keep a bucket of water or garden hose nearby for emergencies.
•Ensure the fire collapses inwards when it burns.
•Never use petrol or paraffin on a fire.
•Ensure that the remaining embers are fully extinguished before leaving alone and check next day to ensure it has not reignited.