Fire department issues fire warning due to dry spell

POSTED: 03/22/11 12:28 PM

St. Maarten – Fire Commander Winston Salomon is calling on the community to be very conscious of not throwing out lighted cigarettes or matches that could result in bush fires due to the dry spell that the island is currently experiencing. People, who would like to burn bush or garbage in a built up area or on a hillside for agricultural activities, should refrain from doing so. They are urged to contact the fire department for advice first as “the inappropriate use of fire can endanger lives, property and the environment.”

“Fires can get out of control. A person can help by reducing bush fire hazards by acting responsibly.  First of all, don’t throw out of a driving vehicle lighted cigarette butts or matches.

For those wanting to burn bush on the hillside or in your private yard in getting rid of unwanted litter, just give us a call and we can give some basic guidelines. At all times you are expected to act responsibly to ensure that a fire is safe and under control,” Fire Commander Salomon told the Department of Communications (DCOMM) on Monday.

He added, “Careful planning is essential if you plan to use fire for whatever reason. It must be done in an efficient manner. It must be done safely where the burning off is done in a controlled manner and is not left to chance, and it must be done in a manner that it doesn’t endanger your neighborhood.”

Those seeking information can contact the Fire Department at 542-1215, 542-1217, 542-6001 or emergency number 919.

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