North Yorkshire Farmers Warned of Countryside Fire Risks
10:30am 20th July 2013
The current heat wave could lead to countryside fires putting lives at risk and costing millions of pounds in damaged crops and machinery warns the UK’s leading rural insurer, NFU Mutual.
With the onset of harvesting and the long summer holidays, which increase the number of visitors to the countryside, NFU Mutual is urging both farmers and the public to take extra care in the tinder-dry conditions.
Heat from exhausts underneath vehicles causes a major fire risk in very dry conditions. Discarded glass containers and cigarette ends thrown from passing cars are also a major fire hazard.
Farmers have been urged to ensure that their fire extinguishers are ready available and well maintained. They should also reduce the risk of combine harvesters catching fire whilst working by regularly cleaning off chaff and dust from their machines, which can cost £200,000 each.
Tim Price, NFU Mutual Media Relations Spokesman said:
“The tinder-dry conditions and continuing heat wave pose a major fire risk to the countryside, threatening crops, equipment and even personal safety. Every precaution needs to be taken by both farmers and visitors alike. “
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