EDITORIAL: Summer comes with its dangers

THE rain and deluges we experienced during winter don’t seem that long ago. But, from nature’s perspective, they are ancient history. 

The only reason they are being remembered now is they forced delays to much-needed back-burning operations that would have lessened the fire danger. 

Forecasters predict a very volatile fire season, and an unseasonally dry summer.

Port Macquarie may not feel the full brunt of that, but conditions locally are more dangerous than we’d think, according to local firefighters. It’s already time to start heeding the warnings and acting responsibly when it comes to barbecues and any other potential fire hazards as we enjoy the great outdoors.

It is also a time to actively don sunglasses and the necessary protective equipment for hay fever sufferers. Pharmacies have more than doubled sales of hay fever medication in the past decade.

Take stock of your own home’s fire dangers around the barbecue, gutters and check your fire alarms – it is the least we can do for the entire community’s benefit.

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