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Firefighters warn of smoke dangers during coronavirus outbreak after fire in Caldicot

Fire crews are warning of the additional health risk smoke causes after a fire was started in Caldicot. Credit: South Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters are warning of the additional health risk fire smoke can pose on people with asthma and respiratory problems during the coronavirus outbreak.

The warning came after crews were called to a fire near Dinham Road near Caldicot, Monmouthshire, at around 11.25am on Wednesday.

In a social media plea, South Wales Fire and Rescue said: "Fire smoke can irritate airways. This may cause people with asthma and respiratory conditions to become unwell, as well as the risk from coronavirus.

"Please don’t make things worse for them, the NHS, or emergency services by starting a fire like this one in Caldicot yesterday."

In seven days south Wales firefighters have been called to 30 grass fires that are believed to have been deliberate. Credit: South Wales Fire and Rescue Service

The fire service said crews have been called to 36 grass fires in seven days, 30 of which were believed to be deliberate.

Deliberate fires like this put our firefighters lives in danger, pose risk to the community and can cause significant damage to property and the environment.

It is important for us to reinforce that, due to the coronavirus, our current situation is unprecedented.

Diverting our resources to deal with deliberate fires will draw fundamental and valuable resources away from our communities, placing unnecessary risk on lives.

– South Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Emergency services across Wales have asked people to stay at home during the lockdown, which was announced by the Prime Minister on Monday.

Boris Johnson introduced strict new measures in the fight against coronavirus, in which people must stay at home unless they are carrying out essential activities such as shopping for food, exercising or going to work.

Police forces have been stopping cars to ensure people are adhering to the new rules.

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