Summer has once again arrived in the Overstrand, bringing not only long sunny days but also strong winds and many fire hazards. Yes, it’s fire season in the Western Cape and residents are urged to be fire wise and to report any fire to the Overstrand Fire Department.
A small uncontrolled fire can spread really quickly and become a threat to people’s lives and property. Always remember to extinguish all braai fires completely before leaving them unattended.
The municipality also urges property owners to consider the fire safety around their houses, especially those in the Biosphere regions. It is important in these areas to ensure that your gardens are trimmed back to reduce the fire load of shrubs and trees, and that all deadwood is removed from under vegetation such as fynbos.
The fire wise concept of maintaining your gardens in a manner that provides adequate buffer zones around properties should be used. This entails creating at least a 5 metre clear break around structures and cutting back all encroaching tree branches and shrubs close to your house. An open green lawn between your property boundary and the house will also serve as an adequate fire buffer zone.
All larger properties with plenty of natural vegetation must have a fire break of 5 to 10 metres created on the perimeters to provide access to contain and prevent fire spread.
Overstrand Fire, Rescue & Disaster Management can be contacted on 028 312 2400.