Municipal Manager: Dean O’Neill
Media Liaison & Social Media Officer
18 May 2021
Please assess your personal property fire risk by answering the following yes/no questions:
QUESTION 1. Is your property situated on a slope or subject to strong South-Easter winds?
If YES, beware that fire naturally moves up a slope and is more intense higher up or in wind.
QUESTION 2. Is your property close to a large, open and natural area?
If YES, create a fire break on your property, next to the fire risk area. However, it won’t stop the fire but provide fire fighters with better access.
QUESTION 3. Do you regularly remove all alien vegetation, dead wood and combustible material from your property?
If NO, then regularly remove all alien vegetation, dead wood and organic matter on your property.
QUESTION 4. Is your LP gas cylinders housed legally?
If NO, get advice from an LP gas stockist and revise your storage area accordingly.
QUESTION 5. Is your house wood-framed or thatched?
If YES, keep vegetation less than 20cm high around it.
QUESTION 6. Is your firewood and compost heap stored far away from your property?
If NO, create a 3m “clear zone” around your house.
QUESTION 7. Is your hosepipe accessible and does it reach right around your house?
If NO, get an extra tap or hosepipe. A rainwater storage tank and pump would be ideal.
QUESTION 8. Do you have any external electrical wiring hanging above trees or bushes?
If YES, please remove or cover in metal conduit.
QUESTION 9. Are fire hydrants easily accessible for fire-fighters?
If NO, please advise your Fire Wise Committee or Fire Chief.
QUESTION 10. Can a fire engine easily access your property right around?
If NO, clear and open your driveway for more access.
QUESTION 11. Do you/your neighbours ever burn garden waste?
If YES, any burning is illegal (unless with a permit).
QUESTION 12. Are all wooden decks or fences treated with fire-retardant?
If NO, visit a hardware store or speak to a paint specialist about fire-retardant treatment.
QUESTION 13. Are your roof trusses exposed under your eaves?
If YES, box in exposed roof beams with non-flammable material.
QUESTION 14. Do you/your neighbours ever braai without a hosepipe at hand and ready to use?
If NO, always have a hosepipe ready, as fire risk is very high in summer.