Covid-19: Appeal from Dorset's firefighters

Covid-19: Appeal from Dorset's firefighters

Published by Mike Draper at 10:54am 4th April 2020. (Updated at 11:27pm 4th April 2020)

There are good reasons why you should avoid lighting bonfires and barbecues this weekend.

With the weather set to be mild and sunny throughout today Saturday 4 April,  and it becoming even warmer tomorrow, far more of us will be spending time outside in the garden.

That increase is expected because of the restrictions on movement due to Coronavirus. 

So, whilst it's tempting to light the BBQ or burn some garden rubbish, please DON'T.

  • Avoid having bonfires
  • Avoid having barbecues
  • Test your home smoke alarms to ensure they are all working


Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service have asked that you refrain from having any bonfires at all whilst the Coronavirus restrictions are in place.

It will help prevent creating unnecessary pressure for our vital emergency services.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Engine
SAFETY FIRST: At this challenging time bonfires and BBQ's risk adding pressure on Dorset & Wiltshire Fire service.

It's a similar message to last weekend's but more pressing now that Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue face additional pressures and challenges because of the virus outbreak.

Firefighters have had to attend an increasing number of call-outs to bonfires over the last two weeks.

The Head of Prevention and Protection at DWFRS, had already said the Fire Service is urging you to be aware of the additional fire risks that so much time at home can bring, and to take steps to protect yourself and your family.


Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service say they're 'working hard to maintain' their normal service at this time.

If you need any support from DWFRS, you can call them on 0800 038 2323.

READ MORE: There is more safety advice on the DWFRS website here.