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The CFS works tirelessly to protect both life and property. Pictured are volunteers from Lower Inman Valley CFS extinguishing hot
spots after a fire at Port Lincoln.
signal early fire warning
to be connecting to that technology,
because the CFS is putting in a real effort
to update activity as soon as possible."
The CFS have a presence on both
Facebook and Twitter, as well as their
Mr Miller said there were a number of
lessons to be learnt from the bushfires in
the Barossa Valley and Mid North that
cause major devastation earlier this year.
"The Eden Valley fire in particular was
not expected," he said.
"We'd never seen anything to that
extent in that area before.
"It was a real wake up call for people,
both the CFS and landholders."
• Need to know more?
Be aware around water
WATER tanks, dams and chan-
nels on farms are an essential
source of water for drinking,
livestock and irrigation needs.
However, they can pose
Children can drown in
tanks and dams, water can be
contaminated and accidents
can happen when tanks are
Tanks can also become
breeding areas for mosquitoes
which is a particular concern
in areas where mosquito-
borne diseases like Murray
Valley encephalitis virus, Ross
River virus, Barmah Forest
virus and dengue fever are a
Seal water tanks so
children, animals, birds and
insects can't get in.
Clean water tanks regularly
but use safety precautions.
Ensure a safe and fenced
off play area for children
and always keep an eye on
children near dams, troughs
swimming pools, creeks and
If you obtain your drinking
water from bores, rivers, dams
or rainwater tanks.
You should take special care
to make sure that this water is
safe to drink.
Contaminated water can
cause serious illness.
Most water tanks on farms will provide safe, clean
water, but aerial spraying, dust and nearby bus
fires could contaminate your water supply.
Water from shallow bores may be contaminated
with effluent from septic tanks or see page of farm
Filter cloudy or dirty water before you disinfect it.
Disinfect water with non-stabilised chlorine (calcium
hypochlorite, or sodium hypochlorite). Stabilised
may be toxic.
Keep an eye on children around bodies of water.
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