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Stay alert to the pos­si­bil­ity of veld fires at all times. Be aware of your en­vi­ron­ment. Keep your mo­bile charged and have the lo­cal emer­gency ser­vices num­bers saved be­fore you ven­ture out. Al­ways tell some­one where you will be hik­ing, cy­cling or camp­ing and when they can ex­pect your re­turn. Make sure you get the req­ui­site per­mit for the area you want to visit. Never make a fire out­side a des­ig­nated area. Should you be trapped by a fire: Stay up­wind from the fires and try to make your es­cape through an area with sparse green veg­e­ta­tion. Check­list for landown­ers, guest farms, bush chalets, etc Be­fore fire sea­son • Re­duce the fuel loads (like logs, leaves and pine nee­dles) on your perime­ter. • Pay spe­cial at­ten­tion to fuel-load man­age­ment in sloped ar­eas. (A fire burns faster up­hill than down­hill.) • Con­struct fire­breaks ad­ja­cent to the prop­erty. Build­ing main­te­nance • Clear leaves and de­bris from gut­ters. • Re­move in­flammable and dry veg­e­ta­tion from un­der decks. • Check that hoses are long enough to reach all sides of the house. • Con­sider re­mov­ing branches or trees that hang over the build­ing. Gar­den main­te­nance • Cut long grass and un­der­growth. • Re­move dead and dry branches from trees in and around your gar­den. Live­stock • Pre­pare and main­tain fuel-re­duced ar­eas where live­stock can be moved dur­ing a fire. Dur­ing fire sea­son Early warn­ing sys­tems • Be aware of weather con­di­tions as­so­ci­ated with high fire dan­ger in your area (tem­per­a­ture, wind speed, di­rec­tion and rel­a­tive hu­mid­ity). • Be aware of the daily fire-dan­ger rat­ing dur­ing the fire sea­son. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion • Com­pile a list of emer­gency phone num­bers. • Make sure your prop­erty can be eas­ily lo­cated by the fire brigade. Sheds and gar­dens • Re­move in­flammable ma­te­ri­als like wood piles that are close to build­ings. • Store fuel and paint in a sin­gle place away from the house. • Keep lawns short and green. • Cut grass and other veg­e­ta­tion un­der screen­ing trees. • Re­move dead leaves, dry veg­e­ta­tion and lit­ter from the gar­den. Equip­ment • Store fire beat­ers, rakes, spades, buck­ets, hoses and mops in one eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble place. • Check pumps on a daily ba­sis.

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