Summer is fire season - is your business prepared?

In January 2009, a bush fire at Two Rocks appeared to have originated near a Western Power 22KV overhead power line. 

It is believed that a private power pole sparked a fire in Parkerville in January 2014 that destroyed 55 properties. 

In February 2014 two people received serious burns from contact with HV while trying to fight a grass fire believed to be started by a felled private power pole. 

Fires happen every year in a variety of places, for a myriad of reasons, and the impact is often more than just material loss.  Even for a business, there is more than material loss to consider; interruption, inconvenience and sometimes injuries.

Make sure your business is prepared:
 
Do you know what/where the fire hazards are?
What should be done to avoid, eliminate or reduce fire and/or explosion hazards?
Do you have a plan if an emergency should happen?
Have your employees been instructed on emergency procedures?
If you have emergency equipment, such as fire extinguishers, are your people trained on how to use them?
Who should be contacted if an emergency occurs?
What training has been provided?

If you have any questions on preparing for the fire season, visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au or contact the NECA Safety Team on (08) 6241 6100 or osh@necawa.asn.au.