Top 3 Rural Fire Advice Tips


Rural Fires

Burn-offs and Vegetation Fires

Burn-offs are a legitimate land management tool. However, if the fire gets out of control, there are potentially very serious consequences. In the last 5 years FMG has settled over $2 million dollars in claims from burn offs that got out of control. Check and apply for fire permits on Fire and Emergency New Zealand’s (FENZ) website www.checkitsalright.nz. Also let your neighbours know you’re conducting a burn-off so they don’t ring the Fire Service (unless they have to) and so they can move livestock away from any smoke drift. If it gets out of control call 111 immediately.

Rural Fires

Machinery & Equipment

An extra level of care needs to be taken when using machinery and equipment in hot dry conditions over summer periods. Reconsider using machinery and tools such as chainsaws and welders on high risk days and don’t park vehicles or place equipment on dry grass. Install fire extinguishers on all machinery. Even if the piece of machinery isn’t valuable the damage it can cause could be major. Make sure they’re serviced annually.

Rural Fires

Being Prepared

Even if you are very cautious accidental and/or unforeseen events can still occur that result in a rural fire. Make sure your RAPID number is displayed at the end of your drive and easy to see from the road. Ensure you have sufficient water supplies available with clear signage. You also should put together and practice an escape plan. Don’t forget to include family and staff in this.

Rural Fires

Check out Fire and Emergency NZ For more comprehensive information on protecting yourself from the risks of fires.