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Coronavirus: Nottinghamshire Police and Newark and Sherwood District Council ask residents to not burn garden waste or other materials during lockdown




The county's police force has asked residents to not burn garden waste or other materials during the lockdown.

Nottinghamshire Police said smoke coming from a fire could cause breathing difficulties for those with coronavirus or who are symptomatic, and are already struggling to breathe.

Newark and Sherwood District Council has issued the same plea and said if those at home need to open their windows, smoke could worsen their symptoms.

District council and police issue warning. (33273699)
District council and police issue warning. (33273699)

The force and district council said by choosing not to burn waste, it will not only help the health and well-being of those at home who may be ill, but will significantly reduce the chances of a fire getting out of control and spreading to neighbouring properties, which creates extra pressure on the already busy emergency services.

At the best of times, bonfires can be very irritating to neighbours if the smoke stops them enjoying their gardens, opening windows or hanging out washing etc.

Always ask yourself the question: “Would I like it if one of my neighbours was having a fire and my house was full of the smoke from it?”

Composting is an excellent alternative. Not only is it better for the environment, it is also a good way of helping to grow things in your garden in the future.

Household waste should not be burned on a bonfire.

For more information please go to the council website here.

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