It is time for “Winter Sports” in the country areas. Time to put on goggles, safety boots and dust off the fire beaters.
Planned fire regimes, controlled burning and fire breaks are important at this time of the year. Fires are destructive to property, and landowners may be prosecuted for negligence if they have not complied with the Fire Act.
Around the home, take these precautions -
In the wider area –
The National Veld and Forest Fire Act requires amongst other obligations, landowners and users –
The Act also promotes the formation of Fire Protection Associations (FPA). Membership confers the benefit that if fire spreads from a member's property there is not an automatic presumption of negligence, as is the case with non-members.
A local FPA facilitates cooperation between neighbours on common fire management issues and sets minimum standards of fire protection specific to the area.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act provisions require that workers are safely trained and equipped for work. Expecting untrained workers to assist in fire management response is illegal and dangerous.
Finally, the threat is not limited entirely to flames. Radiant heat, dehydration and asphyxiation are also real threats to safety and must be considered. Responding to fires is potentially very dangerous and a responsible and careful approach is required.