Extra care required outdoors today

The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) urges the community to be sensible while outdoors today while a TOTAL FIRE BAN is in place.

The use of power tools and outdoor machinery that can create a spark, such as angle grinders and lawn mowers, should be avoided today.

Gas and electric BBQ's can be used today but only if the immediate area around the BBQ is clear of any flammable material, there is a steady water supply available and a responsible adult is present.

Motorists are strongly urged to avoid pulling over on roadside areas where there is long grass. A hot exhaust can easily ignite a fire during today's conditions. Smokers must also dispose of their cigarette butts inside their vehicles. Failing to do so is a criminal offence and can lead to significant penalties.

Anyone who comes across a fire or smoke without the presence of firefighters should immediately ring Emergency Triple Zero (000).