How To Avoid Skip Fires – Skip Hire Safety

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With temperatures of over 90 degrees Fahrenheit today in places like Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings, this post is all about how to minimize the risk of having a fire break out in the skip you’ve hired. Aside from it being an annoyance to your neighbours, it can also present a real danger and can also end up being very costly too.

Firstly, never use your skip to burn any of your waste such as old wooden furniture, wooden pallets, paper etc. If the skip becomes damaged due to the high heat generated, you may be faced with a bill for the repair or replacement of the skip. If it’s on a road, it could possibly damage the surface of the tarmac as well.

No matter how careful you are, passers by can still ignite dry flammable materials by something as simple as throwing a cigarette end into it. Never put highly flammable materials into it such as aerosols or gas cylinders/ cannisters. Other things to avoid are car batteries or any other containers that have flammable liquids inside.


When you hire a skip, avoid placing it under trees or large bushes as these can also catch fire in very dry weather. If you can, have the skip placed several metres from any buildings so as to minimize the risk of a fire. When hiring a skip, try to bear in mind that in the unlikely event of a fire, emergency services will need quick and easy access to deal with the resulting blaze. They may also need access to a fire hydrant, so try to bear this in mind too.

And finally, one sure fire way (excuse the pun!) to reduce the risk is to have your skip collected as soon as it’s full.

Author: Ben Taylor

Eco Warrior! Recycling Buff! Owner of James Waste Management LLP, UK recycling over 90% of waste.

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