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Media Release

People urged to be vigilant with dangerous fire conditions today
Thursday 1 December 2011 – 5:40 AM

With hot and windy conditions forecast today, FESA is asking people in the Perth metropolitan and hills areas to remain vigilant and not do anything that could start a fire.

The weather conditions are likely to be similar to those experienced last summer where strong winds contributed to major bushfires.
 
It is preferable that people take steps to reduce the chance of a bushfire starting, particularly during  windy periods throughout the day. 
 
Activities to be avoided include the burning of any land, welding, angle grinding, soldering, gas cutting and use of incinerators.
 
People also need to refrain from throwing cigarette butts from vehicles as this can spark a fire.
 
It is vital that everyone in the community plays their part in helping to prevent a bushfire emergency.
 
You can assist by:
 
 Immediately reporting signs of fire by dialling ‘000’.

 Staying alert and monitoring your surroundings by watching for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.

 Looking and listening for bushfire information on television, radio, the internet, information lines and speaking with your neighbours.
 Reporting any suspicious activity to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
 
For information on how you can prepare for the bushfire season, visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au to view FESA’s Prepare. Act. Survive document.
 
Keep up to date by calling 1300 657 209, visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au or listen to news bulletins.
 
Media Contact: FESA Media Liaison Officer Pager (08) 9476 0179.

 

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