Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service are appealing to people to act responsibly and stay safe as the warm, dry weather is set to continue.
As the temperatures rise there has also been a rise in the number of grass and forestry fires in the county over the past few days, and with the weather expected to remain warm into next week, the Service is urging people to take care, especially in the countryside.
Head of Community Fire Protection at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Richard Herrell said: "We are currently experiencing a hot, dry spell which many people like to enjoy in the outdoors. However, our message is please follow our advice and stay safe this summer.
“The Fire and Rescue Service is increasingly attending incidents involving grass and forestry fires, the majority of which are accidental but some are unfortunately deliberate.
“During the warm weather there is also a tendency for people to seek places to swim, some of which can be dangerous. I would therefore urge people to only swim in safe areas of water such as lifeguarded beaches and pools. It’s not a case of we don’t want people to enjoy themselves, we do, but please do it safely.”
As well as issuing general safety advice about being careful with matches, barbecues, and discarded cigarettes, fire officers are asking people to please be aware of the following:
• Don't have a bonfire of any size during extremely dry periods. This is particularly important in rural areas.
• If you see a fire please ring 999 and ask for the fire and rescue service even for a small fire, it can very soon spread and get out of control. Even when we are very busy we are never too busy to answer your call.
• For anyone working on the land it is essential to have at least one tested fire extinguisher preferably water on your vehicle and that you know how to use it. If possible have a water bowser, slurry tanker or sprayer nearby when harvesting or baling.
• Do not fill your fuel tank completely full during hot weather. Fuel must have room to expand.
• Dispose of glass bottles carefully because they can magnify the sun’s rays and set light to dry grass etc.
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is currently still at the scene of two fires in the open where good progress is being made. The Service has five fire appliances at the incident at Thetford Forest and have brought in extra high volume pump capacity from Cambridge Fire and Rescue Service. There are currently two fire appliances at the scene in Fritton.
There is further fire safety advice and information on this website.