With the weather set to be mild and sunny throughout the bank holiday weekend, far more people will be spending time outside in the garden. That increase is expected because of the restrictions on movement due to Coronavirus.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service has had additional pressures and challenges since the virus outbreak and are urging the public to be careful.

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

Whilst it’s tempting to burn some garden rubbish, the service are asking for the public to consider their neighbours and the emergency services who are already stretched and keep our communities safe:

- Consider composting rather than burning your garden waste

- Ensure you report nuisance bonfires to your local council

- Follow the latest Government guidance on social distancing

- Test your home smoke alarms to ensure they are all working

Laura Pratt, community safety prevention manager, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: “We are urging everyone to be more aware of the demands on fire services and the additional fire risks that so much time at home can bring, and to take steps to protect yourself and your family.”