Avoid petrol on the bonfire

Midsummer celebrationNESODDEN.Midsummer celebration.Photo : Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix

Norwegian Fire Protection Association warns against uncontrolled lighting of bonfires on Midsummer’s Eve. – Avoid at all costs the use of gasoline or other flammable liquids to light the fire, is their advice.

The association ask people to respect the ban on lighting fires near forests and uncultivated land during celebrations of Midsummer’s Eve on Thursday.
– People who want to burn a Midsummer bonfire, please check the laws that apply to your municipality, says CIO Sturle Hagen.
– It is also worth noting that making fire means more than lighting bonfires; it includes for example the use of disposable barbecues, he continued.

Toxic gases
It has also been shown that many use the bonfires to get rid of large amounts of garbage. Items made of materials that emit toxic gases has no place on a Midsummer bonfire, exhorts the Fire Association.

– Avoid at all costs the use of gasoline or other flammable liquids to get the fire going. Unfortunately, we have seen examples of excessive use of flammable liquid when lighting fires which can cause serious injuries, said information chief Hagen.
Ensure water
Before the fire is lit, one should make sure to have plenty of extinguishing water available. One should also designate one sober person in charge of the fire until it is extinguished.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today