Avoid bonfires to reduce pressure on firefighters this Easter

Published: 09 Apr 2020

This Easter weekend Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is asking you to avoid lighting bonfires to help reduce the pressure on our firefighters.

Area Commander Steve Holton said: "Firefighters have been called to a number incidents involving bonfires over the past fortnight. Bonfires can cause problems for a variety of reasons. Not only can they quickly get out of control and pose a risk to you, your family, and your property, but they can cause issues for people with respiratory illnesses, harm wildlife, pollute the atmosphere, and cause nuisances for neighbours.

"If you are still considering lighting a bonfire, please follow our advice to be as safe as possible."

  • Check online with your local district/borough council to determine if they have any restrictions imposed
  • Don’t burn wet waste or green vegetation
  • Don’t burn household waste, rubber tyre or anything containing plastic, foam or paint
  • Don’t ever leave a fire unattended
  • Don’t have a fire near fences, trees, or buildings
  • Always have a garden hose or bucket of water nearby
  • If in doubt, call 999