BBQs can lead to wildfires, pack a picnic instead
Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) have already attended a number of significant wildfires this Summer, destroying around hundreds of acres of Surrey.
Most recently the fire at Hankley Common was declared a major incident and 50 hectares of the common was burnt and over 20 people and numerous animals evacuated from their homes.
There are steps that we must take to prevent the damage to our beautiful Surrey outdoors and disruption and devastation for Surrey's wildlife.
Wildfires are sadly becoming more and more common, and cause devastating damage to our countryside, rare species in Surrey, and people's lives and livelihoods.
So what can you do?
Our fire and rescue service is urging you to say #BurgerOff to disposable BBQs and to 'pack a picnic' instead.
Remembering to take your litter home is also important, discarded items such as glass bottles can also start wildfire, as the heat of the sun is magnified by them.
It can take several hours for a disposable BBQ to cool down to a safe level, the risk of starting a wildfire is simply not worth it.
Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has been working with land owners in Surrey, and some sites in Surrey have a Public Service Protection Order in place, which means if you are found using a disposable BBQ you could be served a fixed notice penalty of £100.
Let's keep Surrey safe from wildfires, find out more from the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service webpage.
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