Overberg: How to be wildfire ready come December 2021

Overberg: How to be wildfire ready come December 2021

Whether you live in a town or on a farm in the Overberg, or even if you’re just visiting for the holidays, be wildfire ready this fire season. Fire season officially starts on 1 December 2021. This is the time when everyone should be hyper vigilant to the dangers of...
Grain farmers: Harvest season is underway in the Overberg

Grain farmers: Harvest season is underway in the Overberg

Harvest season is underway in the Overberg. So to help our grain farmers reduce the risks of wildfires at this time, here are some helpful tips.   TIP 1: CHECK YOUR FIRE UNITS   Have your fire units (bakkie sakkies) been serviced? Have them tested, to...
Evacuating your pets safely (tips from Dr Hensie Lategan)

Evacuating your pets safely (tips from Dr Hensie Lategan)

During a high-stress situation, such as a wildfire closing in on your home, panicked pets rarely do what you want them to do. That’s why you should prepare for this eventuality BEFORE it becomes a reality. Bredasdorp Animal Hospital’s Dr Hensie Lategan shares his tips...
15 tips to better protect your home against wildfires

15 tips to better protect your home against wildfires

What can you do to make your home as safe as possible against a potential wildfire? Home owners have learnt valuable lessons from the 2017 Knysna fires. And these lessons are now guiding fire management in South Africa. As a home owner (and a landowner), here are the...
What to include in your evacuation go-bag?

What to include in your evacuation go-bag?

This is surely one of the most difficult and stressful events in a person’s life: It’s time to evacuate your home, as a wildfire moves closer. This is a time of great stress – and mistakes can be made as a result.According to the Overstrand Municipality’s Fire Chief,...
LCES: Your wildfire defence strategy

LCES: Your wildfire defence strategy

At EVERY fire you participate in fighting, PLEASE bear this acronym in mind: LCES.  It’ll help you to stay safe. It’s one of the most important defence strategies against an unpredictable wildfire. What does it stand for? L Lookouts C Communication E Escape routes S...