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Last modified: 20 Feb 2019
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Let's be fire wise

12 February 2019
Property owners can help to reduce the risk of fires starting or spreading on their properties.

Property owners can help to reduce the risk of fires starting or spreading on their properties.

Kouga Municipality’s Fire Department and the new Risk Reduction Committee would like to encourage all property owners to do their part to minimise the risk of fires starting in the region.

“All property owners have a role to play in preventing fires by ensuring that there are no unnecessary combustible materials on their properties.

“In doing so you can help minimise the risk of fire damage to your property and adjacent ones,” Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said.

He said overgrown erven were among the factors that increased the risk of fire and that the municipality was also accelerating its own bush-clearing programme.         

“The National Veld and Forest Act stipulates states that it is the duty of every owner on whose land a veldfire may start, burn or spread to prepare and maintain firebreaks on their land and any adjoining land.

“If you do not comply and fire spreads from your property, then you can be held liable for damages occurred and can be prosecuted criminally.”

He encouraged property owners to identify and decrease potential fuel for fires.

“This would include removing overgrown or dry vegetation, as well as safeguarding wood piles, garden furniture, chemicals and the like.”