Grass fire prevention

Every year fire is responsible for the destruction of thousands of acres of countryside. There are lots of things you can avoid doing to help prevent fires when you’re in the countryside.

Grass fire prevention tips

  • Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows
  • Make sure cigarettes are put out properly and disposed of in dedicated bins
  • Take your rubbish home or put it in a nearby bin
  • Don’t leave glass bottles lying on the ground. Sunlight shining through glass can start a fire
  • Don’t have open fires or BBQs in the countryside – they can easily set fire to the ground and spread
  • Keep matches and lighters out of children and young peoples' reach and talk to them about the dangers of starting fires outside, find out more about our Don’t be Blamed for the Flames campaign here.

If you see a fire

If you find a fire in the countryside don’t attempt to tackle it, call 999 and ask for the fire service immediately. Pass as much information about the location as possible, use the app What 3 Words if you have it to pinpoint the exact spot.

If you see a campfire or BBQ which has spread to the ground or surrounding area then call 999 and ask for the fire service immediately.

Barbecue safety tips

To avoid injuries or damage to property follow our simple BBQ advice.