Cumbria Fire Service warning over garden waste burning

Householders in Cumbria have been warned of the dangers of burning garden waste, following a spate of incidents.

Firefighters in the Carlisle, Brampton and Alston areas have been called out more than a dozen times over the past four months to deal with bonfires.

People are urged to dispose of garden waste at their local recycling centre, or to compost it.

If a bonfire is the only option, then people are advised to take safety precautions.

They should not be built too big, or next to trees, fences, sheds, or the house itself.

Aerosols, tyres or anything containing paint should not be burned, and petrol or paraffin should not be used as an accelerant.

A spokesman for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said: "If a bonfire is not properly controlled there is a real risk that it can spread to fences, sheds, hedges and even people's homes, putting lives in danger."

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