Cau­tion key to emer­gency pre­ven­tion

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

Dark and cold win­try con­di­tions are keep­ing the Toko­roa Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade busy.

Over the last month the brigade has been called to six prop­erty fires through­out the area.

Chief fire of­fi­cer Dave Mor­ris said while there was no one cause for the fires many have started the same way.

‘‘A big cause of fires is the stor­age of ash when peo­ple are clean­ing out their fires. Hot ash needs to be stored in a metal con­tainer and kept well away from build­ings,’’ he said.

‘‘You should also put plenty of wa­ter on it be­cause some­times it can take four to five days to cool down.’’

Mor­ris said can­dles were an­other ma­jor cause of fires.

‘‘Lately can­dles have been a cause we have struck and we at­tended a shed fire on Wednes­day af­ter­noon which had been caused by a can­dle,’’ he said.

‘‘Our mes­sage to peo­ple is that if they are burn­ing a can­dle they should not leave it unat­tended and also use an ap­proved can­dle holder so that it won’t fall over.’’

He said if a can­dle holder couldn’t be found a fire proof con­tainer or saucer were also use­ful.

While blocked and ill-fit­ted chim­neys can of­ten cause fires Mor­ris said it was good to see they were not caus­ing many is­sues in Toko­roa.

He ad­vised peo­ple to visit fire.org.nz for more safety advice and tips.

‘‘All fires are avoid­able if peo­ple are cau­tious,’’ he said.

Me­lanie Fare­nas says cus­tomers have been telling her that cus­tomers said that it is eas­ier to come straight to Ti­rau rather than stop in Cam­bridge.

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