The Muirburn Code - Guidance Card
Points to remember:
- Notify neighbours before burning.
- Notify the fire brigade before burning and on completion, each day.
- Erect warning signs if the fires will be close to areas heavily used by the public.
- Assess the weather conditions: are they suitable for burning? The wind speed should not be too strong - normally not above Force 3 (8-12 mph).
- Decide where you will burn in the expected weather conditions. If conditions change, reassess.
- You should not burn on your own. Carefully brief sufficient people (normally teams of 3) to carry out the planned burning programme.
- At least one person in each team should know the area well.
- No more than two fires should be lit at any one time.
- Health and safety requirements must be met. Stout boots, fire-retardant overalls and face visors (or goggles) should be worn.
- Communications should be available ( e.g. mobile phone, radio); it is good practice to have extra people on call to assist if necessary.
- A supply of drinking water and a first aid kit should be available; the water is important to reduce the risk of heat stress.
- Avoid burning near nesting birds or sensitive habitats.
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