Before lighting a campfire or BBQ, you should always check whether there is a fire ban in place. This information can be found on the website of your municipality, county council or fire and rescue service.
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Fire and safety
BEFORE LIGHTING A FIRE
- Find a place where the fire won’t spread, like on gravel or sand.
- Never light a fire directly on, or next to, flat rocks or rock outcrops. They can crack and become scarred.
- The fire must not be able to spread to nearby branches or bushes.
- Do not light a fire in the dark, or in high winds.
DURING THE FIRE
- Anyone who lights a fire is also responsible for fire safety.
- Be prepared to extinguish the fire if an accident occurs. One tip is to keep a bucket of water nearby.
- Never leave a BBQ or fireplace unattended.
PUTTING OUT THE FIRE
- Check that there is no afterglow.
- Smother the embers with plenty of water or dirt.
- A fire can smolder underground for a long time without being detected.
- Before leaving the site, make sure the fire is completely out.