We wish to inform the public that the busy season for the Barbados Fire Service has commenced. The department is already seeing an increase in the daily number of grass fires and the occasional sugar cane fire.
The Bajan Fire Fighters' Network (Registered Charity) is encouraging homeowners to have a look around your property and to start preparing for potential grass fires near your home. As dry conditions become more extreme the potential for increased fire activity becomes a reality.
1. Create and maintain where possible 50 feet of defensible space around your structure.
2. Remove all leaves from roofs, eaves and rain gutters, especially on timber structures.
3. Trim branches six feet from the ground (base of trees). Remove the trimmings and other debris after completion.
4. Keep woodpiles and other combustible materials at least 30 feet from your home.
5. Do NOT engage in any form of open-air burning whatsoever during the dry season.
If cow-itch is a problem on or near your property, you should contact the Ministry of Health for guidance and assistance.
Firefighting operations involving grass fires can be prolonged. Persons with asthma and other respiratory ailments should temporarily relocate to avoid heavy smoke conditions.
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