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Be Alert for Fire Risk in the Countryside

by Michelle W.

posted in Business

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Nobody should need to be reminded about the fire hazards that exist in countryside that's dry.
Yet even so, every year there are catastrophic mistakes made that can sometimes lead to disaster or near-disaster.
So, here are a few basic reminders about good common-sense practice.
1. Don't try to rediscover your ancestors' traditional skills by lighting fires in the open countryside. Yes, there are ways it can be done safely but unless you know what they are and practice them, any fire you light carries with it the risk of things getting out of control.
2. In many places there are authorized picnic spots with related facilities. There are some good practices you need to follow when using them (disposal of embers etc.) but by and large they will be based in locations that are deemed to be reasonably safe in terms of fire risk. On the other hand, cobbling something together yourself in the open countryside brings with it major dangers. See point 1 above for further information on that one.
3. Be careful with discarded cigarettes and matches. A moment's carelessness could be disastrous for the surrounding country and very possibly some of its human and wildlife of inhabitants.
4. Think carefully as well about anything you are doing which is throwing off sparks. Examples might include hammering metal, filing metal, welding and so on. Blow torches can also be another obvious danger area. Although most farmers and the farming community will be well aware of these risks, it's worth keeping in mind that sometimes working on tractors and agricultural machinery can also be prone to generating sparks.
5. The dangers of leaving glass lying around in areas surrounded by dry foliage should be well known. Depending upon the situation and circumstances, sunlight can be focused through the glass into a more precise area and that in turn can lead to fire - as many schoolchildren will have discovered in science experiments at a young age.
6. If you come across some smouldering grass or accidentally start a fire yourself, put it out with water immediately. If you don't have water to hand, stamp or beat it out with something - though remember to put your safety first at all times. It's not a good idea to tackle larger areas personally but instead to call the authorities. The same is true if a small fire shows signs of spreading and you are unable to control it yourself.
7. Don't ignore signs of a fire you see when you are, for example, driving past. What exactly you need to do will depend upon what part of the country you are in and the prevailing expert advice and regulations locally but generally you should make sure it is reported to the authorities sooner rather than later.
8. Do whatever you can to avoid your children playing with matches or any other potential source of fire when you are out and about. A fair number of fires are started innocently and unintentionally by kids who then panic and don't think to inform adults what's been going on for fear of getting into trouble. So, keep an eye on them and make sure they are educated at the earliest age into the dangers of fire in dry countryside.
If we all do our bit we should be able to help avoid at least some of the disasters we've seen previously
About the Author: Michelle W. is an Author and provider of a wide range of kubota tractors, kubota mowers and kubota second hand machinery. For more detail visit www.whitestractors.com.au
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