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Enjoy a fire safe long weekend
With warmer weather expected this long weekend, CFA is asking Victorians to follow some simple safety guidelines.
CFA Deputy Chief Officer Steve Warrington said many residents will be firing up their barbecues for the first time in months but people need to check they’re still in good working order.
“It’s vital people check that connections, gas cylinder, hose and connections are not a disaster waiting to happen,” he said.
“The things to look out for are loose connections, and hoses that have visibly deteriorated or cylinders that look damaged – these can lead to fires or explosions with consequences ranging from a nasty shock to serious injury or even death.”
The drier weather is also an opportunity for landowners to burn-off but we ask residents to take extreme care.
“People need to do the right thing by checking conditions and registering their burn-offs with the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority by calling 1800 668 511,” he said.
“Never leave a burn-off unattended and check the weather forecast. You should never burn-off in hot, dry, or windy conditions.”
Victoria has many beautiful areas to explore this long weekend but they’re not without potential dangers like bushfire.
CFA is asking holidaymakers to put a few simple steps in place before they relax and get away from it all, especially if they are heading bush.
“A basic emergency kit in the car could be a life-saver. Pack a radio, an extra mobile phone and charger, hard copy maps, torch, lots of bottled water and a woollen blanket,” he said.
“Always check the local weather conditions before you leave for your destination and make sure you have a few ways to actively check for fire warnings.”
Bonfires or campfires – particularly those left unattended – all too often posed issues for fire services.
“Being on holiday is no excuse for doing the wrong thing. Please stop for a minute to think about the threat to the community and what could happen if your fire got away,” he said.
“You should always apply the rule – cool to touch, safe to leave.”