Fire danger awareness
by Mike Isle
Selwyn residents are reminded by the Selwyn District Council and Fire and Emergency New Zealand to prepare for the fire season and not be fooled by recent wet weather as conditions change rapidly with hot, dry days ahead producing increased fire risks.
The Fire and Emergency website fireandemergency.nz has important information about how to reduce fire risk.
“There are some simple things you can do to reduce the risk of fire at your property,” says Fire and Emergency deputy principal rural fire officer, Al Hutt.
“When you are working on your property or in the garden, keep machinery well maintained to reduce potential sparks, and mow lawns in cooler conditions.
“Also, assess the risk of fire to your property and get rid of any shrubs, long grass or trees near your home, which could burn easily.
“Having an escape plan for your family and pets is also vital. If you are burning anything during the summer period first find out whether they need
to obtain a permit through Fire and Emergency.”
To report long grass or any other fire hazard fill out an online form via fireandemergency.nz/at-home/overgrown-sections and visit Fire and Emergency’s checkitsalright.nz website for information on permits and fire rules in your area.
Apply to Fire and Emergency for a burning permit, even if the burning complies with the Environment Canterbury Air Plan measures still check the fire season status and whether a permit is required.
Selwyn District Council Emergency management officer Ryan O’Rourke says every summer, Selwyn residents are affected by wildfires and this year will be no exception.
“Our emergency management volunteers and staff will be involved in supporting the response to these fires this summer.
“There will also be information on the council’s Facebook page for local fire information throughout summer as required,” he says.
Residents are also encouraged to sign up to Selwyn Gets Ready to receive emergency warnings and police messages relevant to their area via email address and cell phone for free.
For more information go to selwyn.getsready.net.nz or phone 03 347 2800.