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Be mindful of fire safety if you are considering lighting a bonfire

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Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is warning householders about the dangers of lighting bonfires.

During the period since lockdown was imposed last week, HWFRS has attended 20 incidents of fires in the open, which, even given the current spell of dry weather, is rather more than might have been expected.

And it’s not a problem which is confined to one area as the calls have been spread all across the Service region, from Bodenham to Bewdley to Bromsgrove.

“We understand that during the current lockdown, people will be looking for things to do and will be tidying up around their homes and gardens,” said Group Commander Mick Cadman of the Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service Community Risk Department.

“However, with recycling centres closed, we would ask people to be especially vigilant and careful if they feel that they need to have a bonfire to burn garden waste. These should be sited well away from buildings, fences and trees.

“The current dry spell of weather is adding to the risk of these fires spreading and getting out of control.

“In addition, the fumes from such fires may add to the respiratory difficulties of those suffering from the coronavirus.”

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