With people enjoying the warmer weather, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) are urging holidaymakers to be careful when lighting outdoor fires.
The caution comes after the SRFS responded to over 1,400 fires involving grass woodland and crops in the summer of 2021, an increase of 101 percent in comparison to the summer of 2020.
Speaking at the launch of the #safersummer campaign SFRS Head of Prevention and Protection, Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Alistair Perry said: “We need people to be aware of how quickly things can get out of hand.
“Outdoor fires can spread very quickly and can cause huge damage – both to areas of countryside and indeed can spread quickly within tents and caravans.
“We understand that people will, of course, want to take to the countryside and holiday in Scotland this year. But please be careful and bear in mind that human behaviour can drive the risk of fire down significantly.
“First and foremost, before lighting any outdoor fires, check for any restrictions or permissions required by the landowner and make sure you use a fire-safe pit or container that can be properly extinguished before you leave.”
Perry went on to urge everyone to play their part in reducing the risk of fires, in particular parents and carers, he said: “Deliberate fire-setting is as needless as it is unacceptable.
“We are proud of our educational and prevention work, but it is true that parents, carers, and members of the public can all help us here by engaging with young people and laying bear the costs and consequences of starting a fire.
“When a young person deliberately starts a fire, they are risking their safety, their future, and the welfare of others. Firefighters are also being dragged away from genuine emergencies.
“Our prevention work will continue across the country, but it goes without saying that we take deliberate fire-setting very seriously and will always work with our partners in Police Scotland to identify those responsible.”
For further advice on how to be safe when lighting outdoor fires this summer, visit the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service website.