CapeNature says fire awareness is an all year round priority

by CapeNature

CapeNature statistics show that more than 90% of fires in the Western Cape are human-induced accidental fires that occur largely through negligence. The Western Cape’s economy is heavily dependent on water catchment areas. In order to protect our water catchment areas and the ecosystem services they provide we have to prevent fires and therefore fire awareness is a top priority for CapeNature.

More than 90% of fires in the Western Cape are human induced accidental fires that occur largely through negligence. Photo: Justin Sullivan

Peter Viljoen, CapeNature’s Catchment Manager elaborated as follows: “The Boland Mountain catchments feed water into dams that provide not only citizens of the area with water but also water for irrigation for agriculture. We like to call these water catchment areas the heart of the economy of the Western Cape. If you’re a landowner or home owner in an area that can experience wildfires, you should be practicing proactive prevention and protection.”

It is important for Western Cape citizens to stay mindful and take safety precautions when dealing with fire, as fires occur throughout the year.

Stay mindful and take safety precautions when dealing with fire, as fires occur throughout the year. Photo: Justin Sullivan

Fire safety tips:

  • Don’t perform high risk activities like welding, grinding and braaing in the open on hot days as it only takes one spark to start a fire.
  • Report fires immediately.
  • Be fire wise and proactively protect your property from the threat of wildfires.

More information on fire awareness and safety guidelines is available here.

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