Fire chiefs issue bonfire safety warning after garden blaze in Brighton

Posted On 11 Apr 2017 at 10:51 pm

Fire chiefs have issued a safety warning after being called out to tackle a bonfire in the garden of a house in Brighton.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: “Preston Circus firefighters attended Hillside, Moulsecoomb.

“There was a large domestic bonfire. A hose reel was used and advice was given to the occupier.”

Shortly after the 999 call at about 8pm last night (Monday 10 April) a crew was sent to a bonfire which was out of control in Hastings.

The fire service said: “East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service would like the public to take care when building a bonfire as fire can spread easily.

“Where and how you build your bonfire is important. Build the bonfire away from sheds, fences and trees.

“Check there are no cables like telephone wires above the bonfire

“Don’t use petrol or paraffin to get the fire going. It may get out of control quickly.

“Only burn dry material not damp, which causes more smoke.

“Once the bonfire is lit
• Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby – in case of emergencies
• Don’t leave the bonfire unattended
• Keep children and pets away from the bonfire
• Don’t throw any fireworks into the fire
• Don’t burn aerosols, tyres, canisters or anything containing foam or paint. Many produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode, causing injury.

“Once the bonfire has died down, spray the embers with water to stop it reigniting.”

  1. Christopher Hawtree Reply

    Much better to compost.

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