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‘Watch What You Burn’

The National Fire Authority (NFA) is calling on the public to be vigilant when burning anything during this period of dry spell. Chief executive officer John O’Connor said fire safety
17 Jul 2015 10:01
‘Watch What You Burn’
burnt-sugarcane

The National Fire Authority (NFA) is calling on the public to be vigilant when burning anything during this period of dry spell.

Chief executive officer John O’Connor said fire safety should be a priority should any member of the public burn rubbish, grassland areas, or sugarcane fields because the dry weather could fuel the acceleration of fires, especially in the western and northern divisions.

“Any type of burning during this dry weather condition can easily get out of control,” he said.

“There have been cases in the past where the burning of rubbish and cane fields have led to the destruction of homes and properties. We do not want such incidents to be repeated where someone’s home is destroyed because of uncontrolled burning.”

The NFA has, so far, attended to 202 rubbish and bush fire cases. In the Western Division alone, NFA attended to 123 rubbish and bush fire incidents.

“We’re working with authorities to create awareness on the consequences of burning. We hope members of the community take heed of our advice,” Mr O’Connor said

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