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May 26, 2011

Dry Spring prompts Aviva farm fire warning

by Gill Montia

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Dry Spring prompts Aviva farm fire warning

Campers’ barbecues, discarded cigarettes, broken glass and combustible fuels are all raising the risk of farm fires, says Aviva.

The warning comes as the UK’s countryside is still suffering from the driest April on record: UK average temperatures during the month were the warmest since 1910 while rainfall was 10% lower than the average.

According to Aviva property risk manager, Allister Smith, many of the farm fires that occur in dry spring and summer months are due to carelessness and can be avoided altogether by adhering to a few simple precautions.

In particular, farmers who have diversified their businesses to include short-break holiday facilities should be mindful of campers’ and caravanners’ behaviour on site.

However, Mr Smith adds that having fuels and agrochemicals on an agricultural property presents a serious risk, with the remote nature and open boundaries of many farm buildings meaning they are vulnerable to arson attacks, making good security a high priority.


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