South Australia Police and the SA Country Fire Service would like everyone to stay safe this upcoming Fire Danger Season.
To achieve this SA Police has launched Operation Nomad which will involve high visibility police patrols in high risk fire danger areas and monitoring known arsonists (read media release) as well as the Why Risk It? community engagement campaign.
The campaign aims to increase community awareness around four common activities that accidentally cause bushfires: garden waste burning, harvesting activities, campfires and power tools.
The Why Risk It? campaign will include the release of four short video clips on SA Police and Neighbourhood Watch SA online platforms targeting the rules around these four activities.
Please watch today’s video on safe garden waste burning and keep a look out for the others as summer progresses.
SA Police has also produced bushfire prevention fact sheets available on their website that cover these topics as well as fire prevention in rural, urban, retail, home and business and school settings.
You can also print out your own Why Risk It? posters from the SA Police website to support the campaign.
SA Police have also produced a brand new bushfire prevention PowerPoint presentation for SA Police members to deliver to community groups, including Neighbourhood Watch. So, if you would like SA Police to present this to your Neighbourhood Watch group, please contact your local Community Engagement Section or Crime Prevention Section.
You too can help SA Police and emergency services to make this season as safe as possible. If you undertake any activity which may be a fire risk, please consider the weather conditions and check the restrictions around that activity beforehand by visiting the CFS website.
As avid Neighbourhood Watch enthusiasts, it is also important that you continue to report suspicious, reckless or negligent behaviour by calling SA Police on 131 444. If you see a fire, please call Triple Zero (000) for fire services. If you have any information about someone deliberately lighting fires call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online. You can remain anonymous.
Further information about what you can and can’t do during the Fire Danger Season please visit the CFS website.