The Summer rain we have received has helped the grass grow lush and green. But as we enter Autumn, much of this grass will start to dry out and become a fire risk.
Machinery that we may use on our properties such as mowers, tractors, chainsaws and grinders can start grass fires. These types of fires can start quickly and spread rapidly, catching people off-guard. Grass fires are very hot and can produce huge amounts of heat that can be very dangerous to those caught out in the open.
Please make sure that your property is well maintained, and any grass surrounding your home and property is mown. Fire in tall grass will have tall flames that may burn across trails, roads or fire breaks.
When in the vicinity of a grass fire, always keep the burnt ground in mind as a safe refuge. If a grass fire threatens you, always protect yourself by covering up all exposed skin with protective clothing such as:
• Long-sleeved shirt and pants made from a natural fibre such as cotton.
• Sturdy leather boots and woollen socks.
• Leather gloves. • A wide-brimmed hat.
• A face mask or towel to cover your mouth and nose.
• Eye protection such as goggles.
Make sure you drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and be aware of your level of physical fitness, heat exhaustion, heatstroke and sunburn.
Glenhaven Rural Fire Brigade has been training over the Summer on the various types of fires we may face in our area, including grass fires. We are currently holding all training and meetings online due to the pandemic, but with several new members recently joining us, we look forward to returning to practical training in the coming weeks.
We continue to be available for emergency incidents and have recently attended a house fire, several automatic fire alarms, and have assisted NSW Ambulance when requested.
We would also like to thank the community for your ongoing support over the Christmas and New Year period. It was great to see everyone having an enjoyable time at the Glenhaven Carols, in which we participated in.