THE South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) has developed a number of codes of practice to provide guidance around the safe use of fire and equipment and hopes the new codes will reduce the number of callouts during the non-fire danger season.
Fire agencies attend about 300 fires outside of the fire danger season each year largely caused by lack of attention to safety provisions.
CFS preparedness operations directorLeigh Miller said the codes of practice would help clarify any ambiguity around these activities both during and outside of the fire danger season.
“Fires starting from mowing and slashing activities for example could be reduced if people take simple precautions, like ensuring no rocks are in the area they are cutting grass,” Mr Miller said.
“As a general rule, when grass is green (less than 40 per cent cured) these requirements will not apply as it is not considered to be flammable,” he said.
He said backyard fires were another common cause of emergency call outs, with the use of fire drums, braziers, chimineas and domestic fires increasing in the last 20 years.
The CFS has also released a code of practice for solid fuel fires as well, heavily relating to the Environment Protection Authority’s Environment Protection (AIR Quality) Policy 2016. This policy regulates the use of fires across the state throughout the entire year, particularly with regard to the type of fuel that can be used.
“The code states if you do have a comfort fire there must be a four metre clearance, someone in attendance with a means to extinguish the fire, and it must be fully extinguished before you leave (cold to touch).”
The CFS developed codes of practice for pizza ovens, broad acre burning, practice use of prescribed tools and vegetation rubbish pile burning two years ago are due for review and open for public comment.
A consultation period is openuntil March 31. To read the draft codes of practice and provide feedback visit the CFS website梧桐夜网cfs.sa.gov419论坛.
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