Fire Safety

Fire safety when out and about and in the home


Every year, fire destroys thousands of acres of countryside, open spaces and wildlife habitats, some of which are started deliberately but many are caused by carelessness. Dry ground in the summer means there's an added risk of a fire starting, but you should take care at all times of the year.  Reduce the risk of a fire starting with these simple tips:

  • Extinguish cigarettes properly and don't throw cigarette ends on the ground - take your litter home
  • Never throw lit cigarette ends out of car windows
  • Avoid open fires in the countryside. Only use barbecues in safe, designated areas and never leave them unattended
  • Don't leave bottles or glass lying around - sunlight shining through glass can start fires (take them home and recycle them)
  • Only use barbecues in safe, designated areas and never leave them unattended
  • If you see a fire in the countryside, report it to the fire and rescue service immediately
  • Don't attempt to tackle fires that can't be put out with a bucket of water - leave the area as quickly as possible

Planning a barbeque

If you plan to make the most of warm weather by having a barbecue, keep yourself and your friends and family safe by following these precautions:

  • Never leave a lit barbecue unattended
  • Make sure your barbecue is well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste
  • Keep children and pets away from the cooking area
  • If you have a gas barbecue, always store cylinders outside
  •  Use only approved lighter fuels – never petrol or paraffin – and only use on cold coals
  •  Keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby for emergencies
  •  After cooking, make sure the barbecue is fully extinguished and cold before disposing of the contents
  •  Empty ashes onto bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins. If they’re hot they can melt the plastic and start a fire

Fire Safety around the home

The three fire and rescue services in the Thames Valley provide plenty of information on how to keep safe in the home.