Canary Islands Government Declared Forest Fire Alert

With the very hot weather of the past few days and the San Juan fiestas tomorrow, the Canary Islands Government have declared starting on June 23 a forest fire alert in Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro and recommends that people follow these tips on how to behave in the event of a fire.

In the event of a fire….

  • If you detect fire or smoke that makes you suspicious, do not hesitate, immediately call   1-1-2.
  • Try to report your location as accurately as possible.
  • Put yourself in a safe place and do not attempt to cross by foot or vehicle an area with fire or smoke.
  • If the situation becomes dangerous, lie on the floor and try to breathe through a wet garment.
  • When evacuated, remain calm, do not run, pay attention to the terrain until you reach safe ground.
  • Do not run UP the slope, fire advances 17 times faster than you. Try to get away DOWN to areas devoid of vegetation or already burned.

During a fire, access to the area is prohibited. If you want to help, go to your Town Hall, it is from there volunteers are organised.

Measures to prevent forest fires.

It is very likely the local authorities will ban fires during the summer therefore…

  • CAREFULLY DISPOSE of any trash, especially matches, cigarette butts, paper, plastics, glass or any combustible material liable to cause a fire.
  • In case of strong winds and high temperatures, the public must refrain from lighting barbecues, even in gardens or private plots.
  • Camp only in places authorized for this purpose and request permission so that in the event of a fire it is know which areas need to be evacuated.
  • In recreational areas, only use specially prepared stoves for fires and remember to turn them off well before you leave.
  • In forest areas do not use brush cutters, chainsaws, or welding equipment.
  • Always request permission before burning stubble – the council will provide the means to do it safely.
  • If you are hiking, it is advisable to know the environment and the risks you may encounter, routes of communication, alternative paths and try to always walk in high visibility areas.

Above all be safe!

For more info on Tenerife read the Red Queen Musings everyone’s favourite Tenerife Blog
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