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Steps taken to ensure you are

Bushfire Ready
The bushfire season is from December 01st to the following June
30th; and a Fire Permit must be obtain for outdoor fires. Bush fires
place people and property at serious and unnecessary risk and can
originate from both human activity and natural causes.
Human Causes:

Rubbish heap fires that are left unattended, are one of the leading cause of
bush fires in Trinidad and Tobago.
Agricultural fires can accidentally start bush fires (Slash and Burn). Farmers
may burn vegetation on their properties for a variety of reasons including
weed control, burning of crop debris and the clearing of land.
Many bushfires begin unintentionally by persons disposing of their cigarette
butts and lit match out of their vehicle window or other means.
Bushfires are intentionally set. Children playing with matches or
experimenting with fire, persons clearing land for development purposes.

Natural Causes:
Bushfires are started by the suns rays, increasing the
temperature of dry grass, shrubs, leaves and fallen trees and
spontaneously ignite them.
Prevention:
Creating and maintaining a Fire Trail around all structures by
removing flammable vegetation.
Ensuring grass and lawns on the property are mown.
Storing rubbish bins, refuse and other flammable items away
from buildings.
Creating a maintenance program for the daily removal of leaf
litter and other flammable waste from around buildings.

Clearing bark and leaves from roof gutters, timber decks and
other areas that may trap embers.
Enclosing under-floor and under-deck areas with ember
proofing
Ensuring all windows, doors and screens will close and seal to
prevent embers and smoke entering buildings.
Removing dead branches, leaves and undergrowth from around
your home especially under trees.
Reducing, removing and managing vegetation such as long
grass within 20 metres of your home and within 5metres of any
sheds and garages.
Pruning tree limbs that are lower than two metres above the
ground or overhanging your home.
Removing bark, heavy mulch, wood piles and any other
flammable materials close to your home and sheds.
Under the Agricultural Fires Act (Ch63:02 Act 20 of 1965) a permit,
obtainable from the nearest Fire Station, is required to light
outdoor fires during this time. Failure to obtain a permit carries
a fine of $1500 and 6 months imprisonment.
Note If a permit is granted guidelines will be provided by Fire
Guardians and should be adhered to during the period specified on
the permit.
Fire guardians in various regions (Fire Station Ground) are
appointed by the County Fire Control Officer (Fire Station Officer).
They make patrols within counties, and inform as to guidelines for
control setting of fires as designated by the Fire Permit along with
enforcing rules with regards to fire burning.