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Welcome from the Chief

If you don't feel able to give up, please do be aware of the fire risks you face -  cut out dangerous habits, install smoke alarms on every level of the home and test them weekly. A working smoke alarm means you are more than twice as likely to survive an accidental house fire.  For a free home fire safety check, where smoke alarms can be fitted for free please click here or call our 24 hour hotline free on 0800 169 1234.

 

Keep your burning under control

The controlled burning season is now underway and every yearwe are called to countless false alarms or more serious incidents where fires have gone out of control, sometimes spreading alarmingly over wide areas.

At their worst, these fires can cause irrevocable damage to the environment, threaten livestock and even residents and their homes, as well as the firefighters who are called to deal with them.

That's why we are appealing to farmers and landowners to take on board some basic safety procedures and notify us when they are conducting their burn.

Burning is allowed only between the 1st of October and the 31st of March in upland areas and the 1st of November and the 15th of March elsewhere.

I would urge all landowners undertaking controlled burning to notify us by calling our control room - this will help avoid false alarms and crews being sent out unnecessarily as well as ensuring we are ready to respond in the event of a burn getting out of control.

Landowners need to take responsibility for their own actions when conducting controlled burning. The fires are often set in areas where access is extremely difficult and water supply is limited - should a fire be allowed to get out of control, this can place tremendous pressure on resources, with firefighters frequently spending considerable lengths of time battling to stem the flames and dampening down afterwards. Other lives are therefore put at risk as firefighters are kept from attending genuine emergencies.

Please follow the guidelines below if you are planning a controlled burn:

  • Call01931 522006to notify North Wales Fire and Rescue Service
  • Ensure you have sufficient people and equipment to control the fire
    Check wind direction and ensure there is no risk to property, roads and wildlife
  • If a fire gets out of control contact the fire service immediately giving details of location and access
    It is illegal to leave a fire unattended or to have too few people to control it.  
  • Always ensure a fire is completely out before you leave it and check next day to ensure it has not reignited

Staff will be visiting farmers markets in the region over the next couple of months, as well as winter fairs aimed at the farming community, advising landowners on how to conduct a safe burn and reminding them to call our control room to notify us of any burning activity.

Remember - even small garden fires can get out if control. So if you are tidying up your garden this autumn, please remember to be responsible and do not leave a fire burning unattended - let us know if you are burning garden waste.

 

 


 

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