Fire service issues advice after hundreds of hot weather call outs

PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 August 2018

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Avon Fire and Rescue has issued a safety warning after the service was called out to more than 400 incidents last month related to the hot weather.

The authority attended 417 outdoor fires in July compared to just 179 incidents during the same period in 2017.

The figure represents a 132 per cent increase and Rob Davis, assistant chief fire officer for the service, is urging people to be cautious during the hot and dry conditions.

He said: “We want everyone to enjoy the nice weather and feel they can have barbecues but there are certain precautions we would like people to take to minimise the risk of fire.

“Basic precautions can make such a big difference, such as taking your rubbish with you as glass bottles and cigarette ends can easily start fires.

“We would also like to encourage people not to have garden bonfires until the hot, dry weather has passed.”

Cooler temperatures are expected later this week.

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