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Crews called to three bonfires in Bucks

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue are asking us to think if we really need to have a bonfire.

Published by Dan Gooding at 8:22am 29th July 2020. 3-minute read.

Crews called to three bonfires in Bucks

After callouts to three bonfires on Tuesday in Buckinghamshire, our fire service are asking us to think.

Bucks Fire & Rescue are asking the question: Do you really need to have that bonfire?

It comes after they were called to incidents in Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury and High Wycombe yesterday.

The first incident was just before 6pm on Prebendal Avenue in Aylesbury.

They then had to go to Stoke Mandeville at 9.08pm, where a bonfire was burning on Marsh Lane.

Finally, at 11.15pm, there was a bonfire out of control on Hughenden Road in Wycombe.

Bucks Fire issue advice

Bucks Fire

The service are asking us to consider composting garden waste instead of burning it.

Joanne Cook, Head of Community Safety, said:

“During this unprecedented time of people spending more time at home, coupled with improving weather conditions, it is possible that there will be a temptation to start work on the garden or on home renovations.

“Both of these activities have a high likelihood of generating rubbish and waste. Unfortunately, the Coronavirus situation led to temporary closures of local waste management sites and reduced kerbside collections. This made it very difficult to dispose of any extra waste generated.

“Ideally we would ask people to avoid having a bonfire, and avoid undertaking an activity that is going to increase the amount of waste you have.

“If you do generate additional garden waste, compost the materials wherever possible, and if this is not an option, store it safely until garden waste collections return to normal.

“As a last resort, if you do decide to have a bonfire, please consider the following advice and guidance which will help reduce the risk of you having a fire related incident.”

Bonfires

Ideally garden waste should be composted or stored until garden waste collections return to normal.  If you are gardening and have garden waste to dispose of and do consider having a bonfire, remember:

  • Some parishes and local areas are designated smoke-free zones where bonfires are not permitted, so check first
  • Check the weather first. If it is windy, the smoke from a bonfire could blow dangerously across a road
  • Do not use flammable liquids to start the bonfire
  • Do not burn dangerous items of waste such as aerosol cans, paint tins, foam furniture or batteries
  • Do not leave a bonfire unattended. An adult must supervise the bonfire until it has burnt out
  • If the bonfire has to be left, damp it down with plenty of water to prevent it reigniting
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