British fire officials caution against summer BBQs

As experts foresee a second heatwave and another week without rain, fire officials have urged with Britons to forgo backyard barbecues.

Due to the drought conditions in Europe, which have also caused river levels to drop significantly, water providers have also been “highly advised” to enact hosepipe restrictions.

England and Wales will stay absolutely dry this week, according to the Met Office, and temperatures will once again rise over 30 degrees.

With a 40% probability of highs of 35 degrees or higher, temperatures will rise from today’s high of 29C to Tuesday’s high of 30C and Wednesday’s high of 32C.

Following a fire on Saturday that destroyed 15 homes and backyards in Chelmsford, Essex, 40 people had to be saved from their homes.

Incident authorities advised people not to use a BBQ during the hot weather even if the cause of the fire is unknown.

According to The Sun, Dan Wastell, the manager of a fire service station, has encouraged residents to “refrain from having barbecues” because of the danger of fire.

We’re dealing with record-breaking temperatures and drought-like circumstances, he added. Everything is as dry as tinder.

“That poses a serious fire danger.” In the UK, fire and rescue agencies strongly advise residents to avoid holding bonfires in their lawns wherever feasible.

The focus of this is mostly on bonfires and chimineas, but we also urge people to avoid holding barbecues during this time, if at all feasible.

“I understand that this is the time of year when people enjoy using their gardens and soaking in the sun, but they must do it responsibly and with little chance of starting a fire.

“I would advise people to consider if they really need to use their barbeque; they might, for instance, cook inside and eat outdoors.”

Area manager for Kent Fire and Rescue Service Neil Fenwick said, “We highly discourage people against having any kind of fires at this time.”

60 individuals were forced to leave their houses as a result of a large grass fire near Heathrow Airport, which also blasted plumes of black smoke throughout west London.

And yesterday afternoon, over 70 firemen were sent to put out the fire in Feltham.

Social media videos showed the wildfire ripping through a backyard as firemen fought to rescue the whole block.

George Eustice, the environment secretary, has urged water companies to impose hosepipe restrictions and punish consumers who break them.

Despite the fact that there isn’t expected to be any rain for at least seven days, just three of the 11 water companies in England and Wales have issued a restriction, which forbids people from watering gardens, washing vehicles, or filling pools.

The substantial drop in river levels caused by the drought conditions in Europe also led to the discovery of a Second World War bomb weighing 1,000 lb (450 kg) close to Mantua in northern Italy.

Military scientists just declared it safe yesterday after discovering it on July 25.

The Met Office predicted that both England and Wales will see full dryness this week, with temperatures once again anticipated to rise over 30°C.

With a 40% probability of highs of 35 degrees or higher, temperatures will rise from today’s high of 29C to Tuesday’s high of 30C and Wednesday’s high of 32C.

The whole country of England and Wales seems to be dry, becoming hotter, and sunny, according to a Met Office official.

Rain won’t start falling in England and Wales until at least next Monday, and even then it won’t be definite since it won’t happen for another week.

“It’s unlikely to be widespread rain,” the forecaster said if there is a transition to something a little wetter. Showers are more probable, so it’s hit or miss.

But there won’t be any rain for at least a week.

High temperatures and little rain are affecting reservoir water levels, and activists claim not enough is being done to prevent houses from running out of water.

The singer-turned-environmentalist Feargal Sharkey urged Mr. Eustice to take more action and impose a nationwide ban on hosepipes.

In less than two weeks, he said, “I would be genuinely astonished if there isn’t a hosepipe ban across all of England.”

“If the winter is as dry as it was last year, London may see people lining up at standpipes to collect water.”

That demonstrates how fragile the water supply as a whole has become.

In the first official government statement, Mr. Eustice urged additional water firms to outlaw hosepipes in order to safeguard supply.

He said in The Sunday Telegraph that “water corporations throughout the nation have appropriately taken measures to reduce the consequences of this protracted dry weather using the instruments available.”

“I firmly recommend that others do the same.” For customers in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight, Southern Water was the first to enforce a hosepipe restriction on Friday.

Households will have to get water from street trucks if the situation worsens.

Customers in Kent and Sussex will be subject to a hosepipe restriction starting on Friday, while Welsh Water has also issued a ban for Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire later this month.

Thames Water urged customers in London to save water over the weekend by taking shorter showers and gardening without a hose.

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