- Slips, trips and falls
- Burning embers and flying debris
- Flammable liquids
- Smoke obscuring other hazards
- Spread of fire
- Locate fire site on level ground clearing all trip hazards from the surrounding area.
- Volunteers near fire should wear long sleeves and trousers to prevent burns from flying ashes.
- Long hair should be tied back and loose clothing tucked in. Hard hats are recommended.
- Safety glasses should be worn to protect eyes from flying ash and debris.
- Fire must be sited downwind of main work area, and should not be larger than is required to do the job.
- Fires must be sited away from roads and buildings.
- Fires must not be lit in strong winds, on peat soils, in drought conditions, under trees or on any surface likely to catch alight, or near overhead or underground services.
- Vehicles should be parked at least 50 metres from any fire.
- Flammables (gas, petrol etc.) must be sited at least 30 metres from any fire.
- One person must be tending the fire at all times.
- Load material on to fire at a single point and in a controlled manner.
- Exclude dangerous items e.g. aerosols, from material to be burnt.
- Stop work if main work area significantly affected by smoke and insure all volunteers move out of the area.
- Ensure fire beater is available and immediately accessible.
- Cease loading new material on to fires at least thirty minutes before the end of task.
- At end of task: Turn fires in and where possible damp down. Fires should only be left unattended if subdued and unlikely to flare. Place warning signs and/or hazard tape around hot embers.