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Warning over domestic burning of waste

April 14 2020

Firefighters are appealing to residents to not burn household waste in their gardens while collections are suspended following a spate of incidents.

We understand the impact coronavirus is having on people’s daily lives and it is great to see so many people showing their support for the emergency services and staying at home.

Group Manager Dave Steele

The service is continuing to be called out to fires caused by people burning rubbish in their gardens, including one on Cemetery Road in Chadsmoor last night (Sunday 12 April) that Red Watch attended.

As well as the risk of the fire spreading, burning rubbish can cause pollution and harm to people’s health, including exacerbating respiratory problems.

Dave Steele, Group Manager for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We understand the impact coronavirus is having on people’s daily lives and it is great to see so many people showing their support for the emergency services and staying at home.

“However, it is more important than ever to dispose of waste responsibly. We know that some garden bin collections have been put on hold and recycling centres are closed but we would urge people not to burn their rubbish during this time.

“Smoke aggravates health conditions for some and there is potential for these fires to easily get out of control.”