Dublin Fire Brigade advise on dangers associated with fire

Dublin Fire Brigade advises the public to be extra vigilant and exercise caution during this period of dry weather.

Gorse fires are not uncommon during periods of prolonged dry weather. Gorse fires can have catastrophic impacts on rural habitats and communities and put additional pressure onto the Fire Service.

Chief Fire Officer, Pat Fleming, reminds the public that “Everybody has a part to play in protecting our landscape. If you are out enjoying the weather, stay safe and be extra vigilant of your surroundings especially in open areas.”

Help reduce the risks of fire by keeping the following in mind:

  • Do not light fires in open areas or in or near woodland
  • Do not approach fires or attempt to extinguish fires yourself – if you see a fire report it immediately to the emergency services – dial 999 or 112 and retire to a safe distance
  • Report any illegal and suspicious activity to the Gardai
  • Dispose of all litter carefully – take extra caution disposing of cigarettes and glass
  • Use only designated barbecue points where available and ensure that all barbecues are controlled if in open areas

The Fire Brigade would also ask people to use the following guidelines when using barbecues:

When cooking:-

  • Never use a barbeque indoors or on balconies.
  • Make sure your barbecue is placed on level ground where it will not tip over.
  • Keep barbecues away from the home, sheds, fences, garden furniture, shrubbery etc.
  • Enjoy yourself, but don’t drink too much alcohol if you are in charge of the barbeque.
  • Keep children, pets and garden games well away from the cooking area.
  • Never leave the barbecue unattended.
  • Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbeques.
  • Only use approved barbecue fuel or fire lighters. Never use petrol or paraffin.

After you’ve cooked

  • When you have finished cooking, make sure the barbecue is cool before you try to move it.
  • Empty the cold ash onto bare garden soil – never put it in the dustbin.
  • Where possible keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby for emergencies.

Tips for gas barbecues

  • Take extra care when turning bottled gas BBQs on and off, make sure all joints are tightened, safe and secure
  • Make sure the controls and the gas cylinder valve are turned off before you change the cylinder.
  • Change the gas cylinder in the open air.
  • When you have finished cooking, turn off the gas cylinder before the barbecue controls. This makes sure any leftover gas in the pipe is used up.
  • Store your gas cylinders outside and protected from frost and sunlight.
  • Never store gas cylinders under the stairs- if there is a fire they might explode and block your escape route.
  • If you think there might be a leak in the gas cylinder connections or pipe, brush soapy water over all of the joints and watch out for bubbles. If you have a leaky joint, try to tighten it (but don't over tighten it) and test for bubbles again. If unsure do not use the barbecue – seek specialist advice.

ENDS

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