North East UK news 35,000 sign petition to ban disposable barbecues MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - A huge wildfire in Dorset is thought to have been caused by a barbecue, while Northumberland National Park has urged visitors not to light them

North East UK news 35,000 sign petition to ban disposable barbecues MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - A huge wildfire in Dorset is thought to have been caused by a barbecue, while Northumberland National Park has urged visitors not to light them

North East UK news  35,000 sign petition to ban disposable barbecues MetiNews.Com
01 July 2020 - 09:24

Breaking News ! More than 35,000 people have signed a petition which urges the Government to ban disposable barbecues. The Change.org petition says throwaway barbecues - which are sold in supermarkets around the country - pose a dangerous fire risk. It follows a fire in Wareham Forest, Dorset, which damaged 470 acres of woodland. The blaze, which took two weeks to extinguish, was thought to be have been triggered by a disposable barbecue or campfire. "Enough is enough...... it’s time to ban disposable BBQs in the open countryside and moorland," the petition states.

. It adds: "These fires take long periods of time to bring under control and extinguish completely, as with moor fires once a part of the fire has been extinguished the fire can travel underground and reignite in a new location. "They bring devastating effects to the local area, destroy wildlife, kill huge areas of natural beauty and not to mention our lives at risk, all of which is completely unnecessary and avoidable." The barbecues are not illegal to use, but park authorities often visitors to follow the Countryside Code and not light fires and barbecues, particularly in the summer when grassland is often dry. On May 28, Northumberland National Park chief executive Tony Gates begged visitors to not to light barbecues or fires, following a moorland fire in Simonside, near Rothbury on April 13. It is not known if a discarded barbecue led to the fire, but it shows how vulnerable moorland can be, especially in warmer weather. Northumberland Fire and Rescue launched an investigation into the cause of the blaze. Mr Gates said: “When visiting the National Park, people should leave the area in the condition they find it. "This also means absolutely no campfires or barbecues in the Park. Discarded litter such as glass can be a source of fire, which can be devastating for our landscape and wildlife, as the recent fire on Simonside has shown. Read More Related Articles Eight homes evacuated after fire breaks out in garden shed in Northumberland Read More Related Articles 9,000 trees to be planted near Morpeth in Northumberland to help reduce pollution and flood risk Northumberland Fire and Rescue's chief fire officer, Paul Hedley, echoed Mr Gates' advice about taking barbecues into the countryside. Speaking on May 28, Mr Hedley said: "“For now I would urge anyone visiting our beautiful Northumberland countryside and coast to follow all local guidance and notices and not to use portable barbecues unless they are in a purposely designated area, and certainly not to start any campfires.”

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North East UK news 35,000 sign petition to ban disposable barbecues MetiNews.Com


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North East UK news 35,000 sign petition to ban disposable barbecues MetiNews.Com


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