Warrington Borough Council is asking the public to consider their health and that of their neighbours during this time by avoiding having bonfires wherever possible.
People are asked to avoid lighting fires, as those living near them may be vulnerable and have breathing difficulties or other respiratory problems that could be worsened by smoke.
Smoke can also cause a nuisance by restricting people’s enjoyment of their own properties at a time when they are being asked to stay at home.
Cllr Judith Guthrie, cabinet member for environment and public protection, said: “During this time we need to treat each other with respect and be aware that some people may be in self-isolation because of illness or other vulnerability. We’re therefore asking people to support their neighbours by not lighting bonfires during this time.
“Smoke can pose a risk to people’s health, so avoiding fires will reduce the chance of people having their airways affected and avoid further burden on the NHS.”
Councils can take enforcement action if smoke becomes a nuisance, which can result in a fine up to a maximum of £5,000. Information about how to prevent a smoke nuisance and how to report issues to the council’s environmental protection team can be found at warrington.gov.uk/airquality
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