Be fire-wise

2017-07-12 06:03

LAST year, Forestry South Africa, in collaboration the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Daff) launched the Fire-Wise campaign to create awareness about the very real danger of fires during the dry winter months.Practical advice may seem to be common sense, but in a fire situation, things can go from bad to worse in seconds.

• Remember that all fires start small so act fast. Report fires – no matter their size - to the local fire protection services.

• Don’t start a fire you cannot stop.

• Don’t try to stop a raging fire without proper training and equipment.

• Caution children and neighbours about the dangers of fire, and encourage them to be responsible.

• Never leave a fire unattended.

• Take care with candles and lamps. They can get knocked over and start a fire very quickly.

• Never throw a match or cigarette into dry grass or bush.

• Smouldering coals can easily be re-ignited by a gust of wind. Douse them properly with sand and water.

• Fire protection associations all over South Africa have been on fire alert since mid-May. Official open-fire prohibition is from August to the end of October.

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