BE FIRE-SAFE THIS SUM­MER

CRIME STOP­PERS URGES THE PUB­LIC TO RE­MAIN VIG­I­LANT THIS FIRE SEA­SON.

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CRIME Stop­pers Vic­to­ria is send­ing out a mes­sage urg­ing the pub­lic to re­port any reck­less or dan­ger­ous fire be­hav­iour this sum­mer. The Reck­less Fires Cost Lives cam­paign is tar­geted at Vic­to­ri­ans to re­mind them of the dan­gers and con­se­quences of de­lib­er­ate or reck­less bush and grass fires.

“Whether reck­lessly or de­lib­er­ately lit, bush and grass fires have dis­as­trous con­se­quences,” Crime Stop­pers said. “It is a crim­i­nal of­fence un­der Vic­to­rian law to cause a bush­fire reck­lessly, or to be reck­less as to the spread of a fire to veg­e­ta­tion or prop­erty be­long­ing to an­other.”

Reck­less be­hav­iour in­cludes dis­obey­ing re­stric­tions re­lat­ing to to­tal fire-ban or fire dan­ger pe­ri­ods, burn­ing off with­out a per­mit, or us­ing hot tools or ma­chin­ery that emits flames or sparks on to­tal fire­ban days. If you’re head­ing off-road en­sure you don’t leave camp­fires unat­tended.

“Reck­less fires cost lives,” Crime Stop­pers Vic­to­ria CEO Erika Owens said. “We need your help to keep the com­mu­nity safe from bush­fires this sum­mer by be­ing aware of your own fire be­hav­iour and that of oth­ers.

“It’s up to ev­ery­one to know the fire rules for their lo­cal area, or the ar­eas they’re trav­el­ling to and to be mind­ful of their own ac­tions and the be­hav­iour of the peo­ple around them.”

Fore­casts in­di­cate an above-av­er­age fire sea­son, so if you spot any reck­less or de­lib­er­ate be­hav­iour that could lead to a bush­fire, con­tact Crime Stop­pers Vic­to­ria on 1800 333 000 or at www.crimestop­persvic.com.au. In an emer­gency, con­tact 000.

All re­ports re­main con­fi­den­tial.

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