Are you Bush Fire Ready?
What will you do if a bushfire occurs?
Will you stay and fight, or will you relocate early?
The time to decide is not when it occurs, but before. Be prepared for when it happens. You can download information on how to prepare and formulate a plan here: Bushfire Safety Guide and Bushfire Survival Plan Checklist.
Click here to download the Playford Fire Prevention Plan.
For further information call the CFS Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361 for more information.
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Tips to minimise the risk of starting a fire during mowing and slashing
Landowners may reduce fuel loads by mowing/slashing rural road verges but require permission from Council to do so. Simply call a City of Playford Customer Service Centre on 08 8256 0333 to register. The following tips are provided to landowners to minimise the risk of starting a fire during the mowing/slashing process in the drier months.
Any mowing or slashing procedures undertaken must be conducted with the cutting blades set at a height that will not cause any contact with rocks or cause sparks to be produced.
- The person carrying out the cutting/slashing must have a 4-metre cleared space around the activity and/or water extinguishing medium (Knapsack or similar) available at all times.
- Ensure suitable clearance exists along the roadside verge so as not to place the person or the cutting machinery into the traffic pathway. Mowing should occur no less than 2.5m form the road surface. Anything closer to the road surface will be a safety issue and attract Workzone Safety conditions.
- Cutting/slashing should occur during the cooler parts of the day to minimize any chance of sparks igniting the grass. Generally most moisture will be present in the early morning. The time when the mowing should be done is best left to the assessment of the property owner. Shadows across the verge and the mower or the position of the sun may also have an impact on visibility.
- Property owners should walk the area prior to mowing for identifying hazards such as, hidden tree stumps and any obvious "missiles" given the close proximity to the road and passing vehicles.
- It is the property owner's responsibility to ensure appropriate and properly maintained equipment is used.
- Mowing should not be undertaken on steep verges or in conditions where slipping may occur.
- Property owners should wear protective gear like safety glasses, sturdy boots, appropriate clothing, etc.