Property owners and harvest operators are urged by the NSW Rural Fire Service to use my nearest NSW utility.
Using the app allows people to receive notifications about potential hazards in the area.
NSW RFS Supervisor Tony Whitehorn says people who operate harvesting machines need to take an active approach to reduce the risk of fire under certain conditions.
“By setting up a‘ monitoring zone ’around your property within my nearest NSW app, you will be alerted by a push notification on your phone whenever a harvest security alert is issued to your local government area,” he said.
“Every year, firefighters set fire to farms that have been started as a result of harvest operations. Many of these fires have the potential to destroy homes, crops and livelihoods.
“When harvest safety warnings are issued, farmers and contractors are encouraged to stop harvesting operations, check local weather conditions against the grain harvesting guide, and then decide whether it is safe to resume operations.
NSW RFS appreciates the cooperation of farmers in the days leading up to the fire. A few hours reduces the risk of a fire accident and can prevent major damage.
“Setting up a monitoring zone within the application is relatively easy, and you can have up to 10 of them, so this may include your residence, property or any other concerns,” said Superintendent Whitehorn.
There are three ways to set up a monitoring zone within my nearest FireS NSW application:
Hold down the map – select your location and tap ‘Add to Watch Zone’;
In the menu – select ‘My Watch Zone’ and select ‘Add New Watch Zone’;
Search from the map – Tap the search button at the top of the screen, enter the address and select ‘Add Watch Zone’.
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