As the weather becomes warmer it is a timely reminder to begin preparing for the fire danger season.
Although we do not have the worries that our fellow rural communities deal with, property owners in the Charles Sturt area still have a responsibility to ensure that their property is cleared of all flammable materials to assist with the reduction and potential for fire outbreak on their properties and to their neighbours.
The Country Fire Service (CFS) typically declares the Fire Danger Season within the metropolitan Adelaide region from November through to the end of April.
It is important for property owners to be aware of their responsibilities under the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005.
What Can Property Owners Do?
Start preparing now! In order to reduce potential hazard, undergrowth should be maintained at or below 10cm in height, throughout the Fire Danger Season. It is also requested that flammable materials, including overgrown and dried out grass and weeds, grass cuttings and other flammable objects be cleared from the property. This includes dead tree branches, wooden pallets and volatile substances. Council offers up to 2 hard waste collections per year for residential properties and if you are looking to dump vegetation or other items, the Beverley Recycling and Waste Centre, located at Toogood Avenue, is open 7 days a week and offers competitive dumping rates.
Properties that are not maintained throughout the Fire Danger Season not only contribute to an increased risk of fire outbreak in our community but also increase the risk of respiratory and allergy concerns, provide potential harbour for vermin and on the odd occasion snakes. Council receive numerous calls from residents each year expressing their concerns about unmaintained properties.
For further information relating to the Fire Danger Season, please also visit the CFS website.