A number of the Surrey Heath claims that we process here at Accident Advice Helpline relate to injuries that have been caused in fires. The Surrey Heath area is a local government area for administrative purposes, and has its council offices in Camberley. The area also includes Frimley and the Bagshot rural district, which form part of the metropolitan green belt.
The danger of heathland fires
Because a large swathe of Surrey Heath consists of heathland, there’s a very real risk of fire, particularly in the summer months when the undergrowth is dry and parched. Getting caught unaware in the middle of a heathland fire can be extremely dangerous. Fires can travel at an astounding pace, and it’s quite easy to get cut off.
The causes of heathland fires
Heathland fires can be accidentally started through a number of causes, including camping and caravanning. The most dangerous situation is when the countryside is tinder-dry, and fires are lit in the open air.
Even when fires are properly protected by a stone or brick wall, there is still a danger from lighted embers becoming airborne and starting an uncontrolled fire some distance away. Fires can also be started by accidents with barbecues, and of course discarded cigarette butts which have not been properly extinguished.
What to do if an uncontrolled heathland fire breaks out
If you find yourself out and about in the countryside and you spot the beginnings of an uncontrolled fire, you should:
- Call the firefighting service immediately;
- Keep well away from the fire, as heathland fires can spread at an amazing pace;
- Do not try and put the blaze out yourself, unless you are absolutely certain it is perfectly safe to do so;
- If you have any animals in the area, evacuate them immediately; and
- If you happen to be a farmer and have access to farm equipment that could be useful to the fire services, please be prepared to use it.
Use Accident Advice Helpline’s expertise to launch your Surrey Heath claims
Getting caught in an uncontrolled heathland fire can be extremely hazardous and cause injury. People considering launching Surrey Heath claims for injuries they have suffered through a wildfire should consider using the no win no fee* services of Accident Advice Helpline to help them to register their claim. Obtaining compensation for injuries caused through fires is but one or our many areas of expertise.
Estimating the amount of compensation you’re due
To establish how much compensation you could be awarded for an injury caused by a fire, you can use the compensation calculator which is located on our website. It takes no more than approximately 30 seconds, on average, to obtain an estimate.
If you need help
If you need help or have any questions, you can use our industry-leading customer support service, which comes highly recommended by well-known consumer champion Esther Rantzen. To access our free helpline, call 0800 180 4123 from a landline, or 0333 500 0992 from your mobile.
Date Published: 10th July 2014