Keeping safe in parks this summer

With temperatures rising as we come into June, and a well-earned opportunity to enjoy some sun and some of Hounslow’s open spaces, we must still be mindful of how to keep safe while in our parks.

Published: Friday, 26th May 2023

Image showing people near the river on a sunny day in the park

Here’s a reminder of some top tips on how to keep everyone safe:

  • Do not light barbecues or fires in the parks and open spaces. 
  • Dispose of cigarette ends and other smoking material in a responsible manner. 
  • Take your litter home with you - glass items can magnify the sun’s rays and ignite dry grass.
  • If you see anything of concern, report it to the parks team or call 999 in an emergency. 
  • If you spot a fire, quickly leave the area, tell others to do so and call 999.

Please also review London Fire’s comprehensive guidance on grass fire prevention for more information.


Some of the action the Council has taken is:

  • Doubling the size of fire breaks in high-risk areas. 
  • Cutting back dry grass and vegetation. 
  • Erecting more warning signs in parks and open spaces across the borough. 


Anyone convicted of deliberately starting fires could face fines, community orders and in the most serious cases, prison sentences.

Residents can report any non-urgent concerns to Hounslow Council on 020 8583 5555 or email:

Residents can review Hounslow's Park rules and byelaws.

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