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Steps taken to ensure you are Bushfire Ready
The bushfire season is from December 01st to the following June 30th; and a Fire Permit must be obtain for outdoor fires. Bush fires place people and property at serious and unnecessary risk and can originate from both human activity and natural causes.
Human Causes:
Rubbish heap fires that are left unattended, are one of the leading cause of bush fires in Trinidad and Tobago.
Agricultural fires can accidentally start bush fires (Slash and Burn). Farmers may burn vegetation on their properties for a variety of reasons including weed control, burning of crop debris and the clearing of land.
Many bushfires begin unintentionally by persons disposing of their cigarette butts and lit match out of their vehicle window or other means.
Bushfires are intentionally set. Children playing with matches or experimenting with fire, persons clearing land for development purposes.

 
Natural Causes:
Bushfires are started by the sun’s rays, increasing the temperature of dry grass, shrubs, leaves and fallen trees and spontaneously ignite them.
   
Prevention:
Creating and maintaining a Fire Trail around all structures by removing flammable vegetation.
Ensuring grass and lawns on the property are mown.
Storing rubbish bins, refuse and other flammable items away from buildings.
Creating a maintenance program for the daily removal of leaf litter and other flammable waste from around buildings.
Clearing bark and leaves from roof gutters, timber decks and other areas that may trap embers.
Enclosing under-floor and under-deck areas with ember proofing
Ensuring all windows, doors and screens will close and seal to prevent embers and smoke entering buildings.
Removing dead branches, leaves and undergrowth from around your home especially under trees.
Reducing, removing and managing vegetation such as long grass within 20 metres of your home and within 5metres of any sheds and garages.
Pruning tree limbs that are lower than two metres above the ground or overhanging your home.
Removing bark, heavy mulch, wood piles and any other flammable materials close to your home and sheds.
Under the Agricultural Fires Act (Ch63:02 Act 20 of 1965) a permit, obtainable from the nearest Fire Station, is required to light outdoor fires during this time. Failure to obtain a permit carries a fine of $1500 and 6 months imprisonment.

Note If a permit is granted guidelines will be provided by Fire Guardians and should be adhered to during the period specified on the permit.

Fire guardians in various regions (Fire Station Ground) are appointed by the County Fire Control Officer (Fire Station Officer). They make patrols within counties, and inform as to guidelines for control setting of fires as designated by the Fire Permit along with enforcing rules with regards to fire burning.
Emergency Numbers:
   Fire 990 Police 999 ODPM 511 Ambulance 811

 

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