• Hannah Phillips

Be Vigilant to Protect Your Property

As the weather heats up, so does the risk of fires, with Police urging the public to play their part in protecting their home and the wider community by being alert to signs of arson in their area.

According to SAPOL, some arsonists practice with small fires before igniting a larger, more devastating fire.

If you see signs of burnt out spot fires or anything suspicious – no matter how insignificant it may be – please immediately call the Police Assistance line on 131 444.

This includes any burnt areas of grass, bushland, play equipment, seating in a park or fences.

To help keep your property safe from fire, consider these simple prevention tips:

  • Keep your home, sheds and vehicles locked at all times.

  • Secure all combustible materials and flammable fuels away from your property.

  • Maintain vegetation around your property and remove plant debris.

  • Keep rubbish bins in a secure area and remove rubbish regularly.

  • Install fire extinguishers, fire blankets, smoke alarms and any other fire protective equipment necessary, ensuring these systems are checked regularly.

  • Maintain fencing and install external security lighting.

  • Conduct regular inspections outside your property. Repair damage to fences and remove graffiti regularly.

Police also remind the community to be vigilant with regard to their own behaviour -cigarettes discarded carelessly, campfires getting out of control and tools being used without fire precautions are some of the triggers that start a fire.

The things to report include:

  • People acting unusually, or wearing unusual clothing – they just don’t seem to fit. For example; not dressed for a trail walk, looking nervous when you pass.

  • If something or someone makes you stop and wonder what’s going on, let police know. Try and recall characteristics such as their age, sex, weight, height, hair colour or clothing.

  • If a vehicle or driver looks out of place, report it to police, with details such as registration number, make, model, colour and any distinguishing features (dents, stickers).

  • Signs of burnt out spot fires– no matter how insignificant it may be. It could be someone practicing to light a bigger fire. This includes any burnt areas of grass, bushland, play equipment, seating in a park or fences. Immediately call the Police Assistance line on 131 444.

  • Always report a break-in and theft of any flammable liquids, chemicals or products from sheds, garages and yards to police.

  • If you have a business and become suspicious about the products someone is buying (i.e. fire lighting equipment, quantities of flammable liquids, multiple purchases over a short period of time) make a note of their physical description and vehicle details and report your suspicions to police.

For the latest information, warnings, bans and ratings please visit your local Fire Service website.

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