Essex Fire and Rescue Service is issuing safety advice after an increase in outdoor fires caused by the heatwave.
Last month firefighters dealt with 632 blazes outside in the county compared to just 300 incidents in July last year.
Following our outdoor fire safety advice to avoid fires:
- Extinguish cigarettes properly, don’t throw cigarette ends on the ground or out of car windows
- Take your rubbish with you, especially glass bottles, which can magnify the sun’s rays and start a fire
- Do not have bonfires during hot and dry weather conditions
- If you see a fire in the countryside, report it immediately
- Don’t attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water – leave the area as soon as possible
- Ensure bbq’s are fully extinguished before leaving them unattended or throwing away disposable ones
- Read full Outdoor Fire Safety advice here