Turning up the heat on winter fire safety

Glenda Bracher, Dept. Capt. Mark Herbert, Ryan Morgan and Charles Quodling from Cooma Fire Station.

Glenda Bracher, Dept. Capt. Mark Herbert, Ryan Morgan and Charles Quodling from Cooma Fire Station.

COOMA fire fighters are inviting locals to visit the fire station this Saturday for the Fire and Rescue NSW annual Open Day, and get up to speed with fire safe this winter.

The fun filled day will be a great chance for the family to meet their local fire fighters and learn more about fire prevention.

Station Commander Captain, Chris Reeks, said winter is the worst time of the year for home fires.

"With winter approaching, the Open Day is a timely opportunity to talk to the experts about home fire safety," Captain Reeks said.

"Sixty per cent of all house fires occur in the cooler months of May to September."

Fire fighting demonstrations, station tours and fire safety presentations will be included in a range of free activities offered on the day.

Fire fighters will provide advice on installing smoke alarms, changing batteries and preparing a home fire escape plan.

Children will also have the opportunity to see fire engines and equipment up close, which is always a highlight on this much-anticipated day.

Cooma Fire Station will be open from 10am to 2pm on Saturday May 17.

A MONTH long hazard reduction burn near Numeralla will begin today (Thursday).

NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) volunteers will be conducting a hazard reduction burn this month in the Numeralla area, subject to weather conditions.

NSW RFS Inspector Rein Peet said crews will undertake the controlled burn 4km West of Numeralla, Numeralla Road, starting on Thursday May 15.

The hazard reduction operation is expected to be conducted over a number of weeks.

NSW RFS crews are carrying out this important controlled burn in preparation for the 2014/15 bush fire danger period.

"Hazard reduction is a vital element in helping to reduce the intensity of bush fires," Inspector Peet said.

"This controlled burn will help protect properties and assets in the Numeralla area and help firefighters to control any future bush fires.

"It is an important part of our local Bush Fire Risk Management Plan and there will be further controlled burns in the Numeralla area in the near future."

Inspector Peet said the success of hazard reduction burn depends largely on the weather and that favourable conditions are forecast for this month.

"Each year there is only a small window of opportunity where weather conditions are conducive to completing controlled burns," Inspector Peet said.

"For a hazard reduction burn to be successful we require the right wind and temperature conditions and for ground fuels to be sufficiently dry."

Inspector Peet advises local residents to take appropriate precautions during the hazard reduction operation.

"This includes keeping doors and windows closed, removing washing from clothes lines and making sure pets are kept in a protected area," Inspector Peet said.

"Motorists in the area should slow down and take extra care if driving through smoke, keep windows up and turn their headlights on."

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