CFS Codes of Practice

The CFS, in conjunction with Grain Producers SA, Primary Producers SA and the State Government has developed new Codes of Practice for Broad Acre and Vegetation Pile Burning as well as for the use of Prescribed Tools.

The Codes take into account lessons learned from recent out-of-season bushfires. They are designed as a guide to the South Australian farming community. They cover:

  • safe out-of-fire season land management practices
  • safe use of friction cutting tools and welders which may be an ignition source for fire at any time of the year.
CFS Grain Harvesting Code of Practice
This code of practice applies to all grain harvesting and grain handling operations that occur "in the paddock", including operation of grain harvesters, operation of vehicles involved in transporting grain, grain dryers and grain augers. The Grain Harvesting Code of Practice applies to harvesting of any flammable crop.
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CFS Code of Practice - Wood Fire Pizza Ovens
Under section 79 of the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005 and Regulation 34, gas and electric BBQ operation during the fire danger season is permitted with restrictions. The use and operation of wood or solid-fuelled cooking devices, is covered under regulation 32A. The conditions outlined in regulation 32A do not address issues associated with the installation and operation of wood fired pizza ovens in the domestic or commercial catering environment. This code has been developed in consultation with distributors/retailers of wood fired pizza ovens in an effort to establish standards for the installation (location) and safe operation of such items during the fire danger season.
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CFS Code of Practice - Comfort Fires (Draft for comment)
Having a comfort fire is something associated with the Australian way of life. Since the 1990's we have seen a steady increase in the use of back yard comfort fires. The Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005 gives general exceptions for the use of solid fuel comfort fires, but these exemptions do not take into account a number of the modern devices such as braziers, chimineas, drums or domestic fire pits. This code has been developed to address the ambiguity of the undertaking of this activity during the fire danger season, days of total fire bans and outside of the fire danger season.
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CFS Code of Practice - Bees (Draft for comment)
Apiarists keep bee hives on land which on occasions is not their own. The intent of this Code of Practice is to identify the responsibilities for the Bee Keeper regarding fire safety during Fire Danger Season within South Australia as fire is used as a tool in bee management.
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CFS Code of Practice - Mowing and Slashing (Draft for comment)
The practice of "mowing and slashing" is a very effective way to modify grassy fuels for fire protection and is a common practice to maintain manicured gardens. Mowing and slashing operations are not without risk, especially during the drier months of the year when grasses may be dry. SA fire services, on average, have responded to 25 fires each year for the past 5 years but the numbers of fires started are likely to be much higher as many fires are extinguished without any calls to emergency services for assistance. This code has been developed to address the ambiguity of the undertaking of this activity during the fire danger season. This code only addresses the use of mowers and slashers and does not cover any harvesting operations as these activities are covered by other codes of practice.
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CFS Code of Practice - Broad Acre Burning April 2015
Broad acre stubble burning is the farm management practice that produces the greatest fire risk every summer and autumn if not carefully planned and implemented with caution. This Code of Practice serves as a guide to the South Australian farming community to assist in the practice of safe broad acre stubble burning.
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CFS Code of Practice - Vegetation Rubbish Pile Burning - April 2015
The practice of "vegetation pile burning" has been undertaken for many years and is a very effective way to dispose of accumulated vegetation waste in the rural setting. Over the years the practice of vegetation pile burning has led to the start of numerous fires. The main cause of uncontrolled fires from vegetation pile burning has been from a lack of planning and preparation and inappropriate burning techniques for the environment in which it is conducted.
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CFS Code of Practice - Use of metal cutting tools and welders - April 2015
The use of metal cutting tools and welders is common practice in both the urban and rural environments. The use of these tools has been the point of ignition for numerous fires. The main cause of these fires has been from a lack of planning and preparation and inappropriate use of these tools and welders in and around flammable vegetation and other material.
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