Know the hazards

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Fruit grow­ers are be­ing warned about op­er­at­ing gas-powered scare guns dur­ing the de­clared fire dan­ger pe­riod.

The CFA re­quires gaspow­ered scare gun users to hold a Schedule 14 per­mit dur­ing the pe­riod.

On to­tal fire ban days, fires on the open air are re­stricted and so are gaspow­ered scare guns.

CFA op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Peter Ded­man said gas scare guns could be danger­ous hazards when it comes to caus­ing fires.

‘‘We have, in the past, had in­stances where fire has started from the use of gas scare guns and we wish to take a proac­tive ap­proach to help peo­ple un­der­stand their obli­ga­tions and, more im­por­tantly, min­imise the risk of fire and the po­ten­tial dam­age and heartache that a fire could cause,’’ he said.

‘‘Place­ment of the equip­ment is crit­i­cal and peo­ple need to be vig­i­lant, mak­ing sure de­vices are po­si­tioned away from long, dry grass to help lessen the chance of a fire start­ing.’’

Per­mit ap­pli­ca­tions are avail­able on­line from the CFA web­site and lodged di­rectly with CFA District 22 Head­quar­ters at 205 Nu­murkah Rd, Shep­par­ton.

Per­mits can be is­sued to cover the whole of the fire dan­ger pe­riod, but gaspow­ered scare guns can­not be used on to­tal fire ban days.

For de­tails on the fire dan­ger pe­riod and to­tal fire bans, re­fer to Can I or Can’t I pub­li­ca­tion on CFA web­site at www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warn­ingsre­stric­tions/can/ The pub­li­ca­tion cov­ers the use of gas scare guns as well as other re­quire­ments dur­ing the de­clared Fire Dan­ger pe­riod. For in­for­ma­tion, con­tact CFA District 22 Head­quar­ters, Shep­par­ton, dur­ing of­fice hours on 5833 2400 Per­mit ap­pli­ca­tions can be found at www.cfa.vic.gov.au/ warn­ings-re­stric­tions/firedan­ger-pe­riod-per­mits/

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