Firefighter Brad Jeffs identifying the dangers of cigarette butt littering during the fire season.
Firefighter Brad Jeffs identifying the dangers of cigarette butt littering during the fire season. Sarah Harvey

Throwing cigarette butts out of car windows is a no-no

MOTORISTS have been reminded of the dangers of flicking cigarette butts out of car windows during the drought.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services north coast regional manager Peter Hollier said with dry conditions continuing, a small fire had the potential to spread quickly.

"Cigarette butts are one of the major causes of dangerous roadside fires which can be avoided if people don't throw cigarette butts from their cars," he said.

"Smoke haze caused by these fires can cause serious accidents particularly on the highway when people are travelling at high speed.

"Every cigarette butt flicked out the car window has the potential to cause a life-threatening fire for not only fellow motorists but emergency crews who are called to attend to a situation which could have been avoided."

Firefighters were also reminding residents that one spark from machinery or power tools could be enough to start a significant bushfire during current dry conditions.

"Many people don't realise how extremely dry current conditions are across the North and South Burnett, Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Gympie and surrounding areas," Mr Hollier said.

"Despite autumn being a typically good time to burn off, with the current conditions experienced, we're asking residents to hold off on any burns they have planned and take extreme care when using power tools and machinery.

"If you have to use machinery during these dry conditions, QFES also recommends having someone available, other than just the tool operator, to watch closely for ignitions which may occur.

"People could be liable for any damage which a fire may cause.

"While undertaking any activity that may spark a fire, members of the community need to ensure they have appropriate resources to put out a fire if one starts."