Residents advised to be on alert for the development and spread of unwanted fires
6 August 2012
The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs in Mpumalanga would like to advise all residents of the province that the province will be experiencing a high Fire Index for the whole of this week. This means the weather conditions in most areas are prone to lead to run away fires.
Residents are urged to be extremely cautious and make sure that they do not start fires in the open veld, all fires are controlled and that they make sure that the fires are completely put out before leaving that area and they must not throw away burning cigarette stubs in the open veldt. Residents are also urged to take into account weather conditions before lighting a fire during this cold period.
The department requests residents to be extremely careful when lighting up fires, heaters and other warming appliances, that they do not leave them on unattended and that they are put out when not in use. Fires and heating appliances used to warm ourselves can be a hazard if left unattended. A special word of caution is sent to parents, to make sure that children are not left alone with fires and heating appliances, especially due to extremely cold conditions.
The department has also instructed all municipalities to be on full alert and standby for any possible fires. Residents must report any fires as quick as possible to their closest fire brigade.
Issued by the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs