This story was published 6 July 2018

Hot, dry weather is forecast for the foreseeable future so North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue has issued the following advice for the public along with public health and Yorkshire Water.

People paddling in the sea.
  • People who are visiting the countryside should dispose of cigarettes carefully; not leave glass bottles lying around and should not light barbeques or fires on dry grass / moorland;
  • People planning a bonfire or a garden waste fire should consider waiting until this prolonged hot spell is over - it's easy for these types of fires to spread out of control when conditions are so dry. Wildfires tie up fire services resources meaning they are not available to attend other incidents; they also cause damage to local wildlife;
  • If people spot a wildfire they should call 999 and ask for the fire service;
  • Advice can be found on the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue website;
  • Use water wisely;
  • Visit the Yorkshire Water website for a water saving pack and read top tips for saving water in the home and in gardens
  • Don’t swim in reservoirs;
  • Public Health England’s hot weather health warnings can be found here;
  • Local residents and those visiting North Yorkshire can follow public health’s top tips for staying safe in the heat;
  • Look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions; and
  • NHS advice on those at most risk and actions to take if necessary can be found here.