Keep camping food safe
Residents set to enjoy traditional camping excursions over Easter should plan ahead of time to keep themselves and their environment safe and healthy.
The Department of Environmental Health issues the following reminders:
Keep raw foods separate from cooked or ready-to-eat foods.
Wash hands between handling raw and cooked or ready to eat foods.
Protect food from contamination by keeping it covered until use.
Ensure meats, poultry, fish and shellfish are thoroughly cooked before eating.
Keep hot foods hot (above 63°C/145°F) and cold foods cold (below 5°C/41°F).
Use a sanitiser to thoroughly clean all work surfaces, knives, chopping boards and other food utensils.
Reheat food thoroughly.
Wash hands after bathroom visits.
Garbage disposal and litter control
Improper garbage disposal and littering are liable to penalties under the Litter Law and the Public Health Law, including a fine of up to $500. Residents should, therefore, avoid such practises. All solid waste products should be properly disposed. To assist with process, DEH will provide commercial containers throughout the island at the following locations:
Barkers – West Bay
Car Park West of Jefferson Public Beach – West Bay
Seven Mile Public Beach – West Bay
Smith’s Cove – George Town
South Sound Public Boat Ramp – George Town
Bodden Town Public Beach – Bodden Town
Colliers Public Beach – East End
Queens Highway – East End
Kaibo Public Beach – North Side
In locations where no containers have been provided, residents should bag their trash and dispose of it at home.
Human waste should be disposed of in a sanitary manner. Campers should rent a portable toilet or camp at locations with bathroom facilities. Improper disposal of human waste is an offence under the Public Health Law 2002 revision, part III, punishable by fines of up to $1,000 and six months imprisonment.
Officials for the Ministry of District Administration, Works, Lands, and Agriculture and the DEH are asking the public to do their part in protecting the environment.
For more information on food safety, garbage disposal and sanitation, contact the DEH at 949-6696.
Fire safety for Easter
Chief Fire Officer Dennom Bodden advises that proper safety measures should be followed both for small camp fires and large bonfires to avoid accidents and injury.
He noted that people building bonfires on the beach must first get written permission from DEH and they should follow guidelines and use common sense.
Officials from the Ministry of DAWLA and the DEH Director Roydell Carter are underscoring the need for safety and asking the public to ensure that fires are extinguished and other camping debris be removed before heading home. Campers are reminded that leaving residue from bonfire or campfire on the beach is littering which is an offence under the Litter Law. Please leave beach or campsite in a clean state.
Fire safety tips
Avoid lighting fires in windy conditions
Do not store accelerants and combustible materials close to fires
Monitor small children and keep them away from flames
Ensure that all fires are properly extinguished; if camping is on the beach, avoid covering smouldering embers with sand as this will not extinguish the flame. Instead use water to put the fire out.
Guidelines for large bonfires
Application must be made to DEH and the application fee of $ 25 be paid.
A metal base or other suitable incombustible material should be placed underneath the bonfire to collect waste products.
The bonfire should not generate smoke in quantities as to cause a nuisance to the surrounding neighbours.
The bonfire should be under strict control and supervision at all times.
Before the event is completed, the bonfire should be completely extinguished. Under no circumstances should a bonfire remain kindled.
An adequate supply of water or other suitable substance/material should be readily accessible for fire control purposes. Preferably, suitable arrangements should be made with the Fire Services Department.
No toxic or potentially toxic materials or products should form part of the bonfire.
All wastes generated must be collected and properly disposed of in a sanitary manner. The beach must be fully restored for use by the public by 7am the next day.
Bonfires should be properly constructed and secured to avoid collapse.
Persons should maintain a respectable distance from a bonfire in order to prevent injury.
Children should be monitored at all times.
For more information contact DEH at 949-6696 or The Fire Department at 949-2276.
No garbage collection
There will be no scheduled garbage collections and all landfills will be closed to the public on Good Friday. Residents should make provisions to manage their waste until collected.
In Grand Cayman, regular solid waste operations will resume on Saturday, 7 April, including Easter Monday, 9 April. Regular collections for the Eastern Districts will resume on Tuesday.
On Cayman Brac and Little Cayman regular solid waste operations will resume on Easter Monday, 9 April.
For more information, contact DEH Grand Cayman office at 949-8793 or Cayman Brac office at 948-2321.
No Postal service
All post offices will be close Friday, Saturday and Monday.
Normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, 10 April.
The Department of Vehicle and Drivers Licensing West Bay Office will be closed for the Easter Holidays, including Saturday, 7 April. All normal hours of operation will resume for both locations, Crewe Road and West Bay, on Tuesday, 10 April.