Help prevent wildfires in Norfolk this summer

Help prevent wildfires in Norfolk this summer

Residents and visitors can help prevent wildfires in Norfolk by following five simple steps say Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

Householders are being advised how to protect their homes from wildfires this summer as Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) demonstrates new specialist equipment it will be using to respond to the seasonal threat.

Following the devastating fires that destroyed 22 homes across the county in July last year, NFRS secured half a million pounds funding and they have invested it in new equipment and training for firefighters.

The farming community and landowners have received help to reduce fire risks on their land and plan how they can help stop the spread of wildfires using their skills and equipment in the event of an incident. They have also helped the fire and Rescue Service to map out how to access their water supplies in the event of an emergency.

Firefighters are currently trialling the brand-new Wildland Firefighting suit which is both lightweight and more breathable, making it easier to work in extreme heat for long periods. Plus new misting adaptors have been added to all fire appliances so that they can maximise water supplies as effectively as possible.

Terry Pinto, Group Manager - Prevention Lead for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Last year our communities suffered significant fire damage during the devastating wildfires during July when the temperatures hit 40°C. This year we are determined to do everything we can to prevent this happening again.

“Preventing wildfires is the responsibility of everyone in Norfolk and by following a few simple steps we can all help keep Norfolk safe this summer.”

Residents and visitors can help prevent wildfires in Norfolk by following five simple steps:

  1. Dispose of cigarette butts responsibly rather than throwing them on the ground
  2. Do not have BBQs in parks and public spaces other than designated areas. Portable BBQs pose the greatest risk, especially when they are placed directly on the ground - avoid using them altogether
  3. Do not have campfires or bonfires except in carefully managed and designated areas. You must never leave them unattended and always have the ability to extinguish them if you need to
  4. Do not drop glass bottles because they can magnify the sun's rays and cause fires
  5. Report any signs of smoke or wildfire immediately to 999

All residents should take steps to protect their home from wildfire

  1. Trim back shrubs or trees that are close to / touching your home and dispose of cuttings responsibly. Piles of cuttings are fuel for fire.
  2. Clear away any build-up of flammable material in and around your garden such as leaves, compost heaps, log piles, dry grass etc.
  3. Check for spaces between roof tiles or within your home where burning embers could become lodged such as rain gutters.
  4. Position sheds and outbuilding away from your home and make sure that flammable substances (including fertilisers and pesticides) are stored safely
  5. Ensure your home is adequately insured and protected with smoke detection

If you see wildfires approaching your home call 999 immediately.

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