Community urged to exercise caution against fires

POSTED: 03/30/15 12:33 PM

St. Maarten – The island is said by the fire department to be currently going through a dry spell and as such they are encouraging the community to exercise caution.

“The Fire Department is calling on the community to be very conscious by not throwing out lighted cigarettes or matches that could result in bush fires due to the dry spell that the island is currently experiencing. Persons, who would like to burn bush or garbage in a built up area or on a hillside for agricultural activities, are requested to refrain from doing so, and contact the fire department for advice,” the fire department states in a news release geared at urging the community to be vigilant against starting fires.

The fire department notes that the inappropriate use of fire can endanger lives, property and the environment in these dry weather conditions. “Fires can get out of control.  A person can help by reducing bush fire hazards by acting responsibly.” Those seeking information can contact the Fire Department at 542-1215, 542-1217, 542-6001 or in case of an emergency 919.

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