To combat the threat of bushfires this summer SA Police, supported by Neighbourhood Watch SA (NHW), has re-launched its bushfire prevention campaign - ‘Why Risk It?’.
Developed in collaboration with the SA Country Fire Service it puts a spotlight on the regulations around those seemingly harmless activities that can accidentally start bushfires such as garden waste burning, harvesting, and lighting campfires.
To educate and drive awareness through the Fire Danger Season, SAPOL and NHW has produced 10 ‘FIRE FAQts’ animation videos focusing on these activities and more. They will be released across SAPOL social media channels including Neighbourhood Watch SA’s Facebook page.
SAPOL has also produced five bushfire prevention fact sheets that cover these topics and four ‘Why Risk It?’ posters. You can view, print out and share these fact sheets and posters to support the campaign.
Officers will also be delivering bushfire prevention presentations to local community groups, including Neighbourhood Watch SA. So if you would like SAPOL to present this topic to your group, please contact your local Community Engagement Section of Crime Prevention Section.
You can help!
You too can help SAPOL and other emergency services 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.
It is also important that you continue to report suspicious, reckless or negligent behaviour by calling SAPOL on 131 444. If you see a fire or there is an imminent risk of a fire, call Triple Zero (000). If you have any information about someone deliberately lighting fires call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online. You can remain anonymous.
For further information about what you can and can’t do during the Fire Danger Season please visit the CFS website.