A warm fire in the fireplace is one of the best things about winter, but without care it can quickly become a hazard. One of the easiest ways fires start is not disposing properly of hot ashes. Ashes can stay hot long after a fire has gone out and they can and do start fires in household rubbish bins. Hot ashes have also started fires in rubbish trucks and transfer stations.

The Council is reminding people to be careful and protect your home and others. Always remember – bucket, bag it and bin it.   ·

  • Bucket – put ash in a metal bucket with water for at least five days
  • Bag it – place cold ash in a plastic bag
  • Bin it – place the bag of ashes in the red rubbish bin