Pre­pare for sum­mer with blaze strat­egy

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

Bush­fires can start with­out warn­ing and es­ca­late quickly, high­light­ing the need for all peo­ple to be pre­pared.

The Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices ad­vises ev­ery­one to pre­pare them­selves, their fam­i­lies and homes so the big de­ci­sions can be made well be­fore bush­fires strike.

Be­fore sum­mer ap­proaches, re­duce veg­e­ta­tion, rub­bish and any­thing flammable for at least 20m around your home and other build­ings. Other points to con­sider in­clude: Pre­pare your gar­dens by cut­ting long grass and dense scrub. Re­move leaf lit­ter, rub­bish, twigs and bark.

Build­ings and tree branches should have a min­i­mum 2m gap be­tween them. En­sure no trees are over­hang­ing to build­ings.

Stop a fire on the ground spread­ing to the tree canopy by prun­ing lower branches.

Cre­ate a fire­break out of min­eral earth, with no veg­etable along the bound­ary.

En­sure fire­wood is not stored near any build­ings.

En­sure gas bot­tles are po­si­tioned so they vent away from any houses or build­ings in case they are sub­ject to ra­di­ant heat or flame con­tact.

An­other fac­tor to con­sider dur­ing bush­fires is wa­ter and power are of­ten lost, par­tic­u­larly on ru­ral prop­er­ties.

Mains wa­ter pres­sure may drop or fail, and in or­der to ef­fec­tively de­fend against fires — if the sit­u­a­tion is suit­able to do so — an independent wa­ter sup­ply might be nec­es­sary.

A 20,000-litre ca­pac­ity steel or con­crete tank would be suf­fi­cient for most prop­er­ties and a gen­er­a­tor to pump the wa­ter sup­ply might be needed.

A ca­pac­ity of more than 1.5kVA is ad­vised to drive a home pres­sure, or petrol/diesel fire­fight­ing pump.

Pets and live­stock will also need pro­tec­tion from bush­fires, so it’s im­por­tant to en­sure wa­ter, shade and a safe place to stay are avail­able.

Al­low plenty of time to re­lo­cate live­stock, and if pos­si­ble, move big­ger an­i­mals to pad­docks with lit­tle veg­e­ta­tion.

As part of bush­fire prepa­ra­tion, con­sider slash­ing a pad­dock to cre­ate a safer area.

Gen­er­ally, an­i­mals are not per­mit­ted at re­lo­ca­tion sites, so think in ad­vance about what you will do with them in the event of an emer­gency.

There are many fac­tors to con­sider in the lead-up to sum­mer and it is im­por­tant for ev­ery­one to take the reins and en­sure they are pre­pared for bush­fires.

The depart­ment has a range of re­sources, in­clud­ing a tool­kit to help in the prepa­ra­tion of a bush­fire plan, at dfes.wa.gov.au.

Pic­ture: Seven News

With sum­mer fast ap­proach­ing, peo­ple are urged to be bush­fire-ready.

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