Get ready for bush­fire haz­ards this sea­son

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

QUEENS­LAN­DERS are be­ing urged to pre­pare them­selves and their prop­er­ties for the upcoming bush­fire sea­son, which tra­di­tion­ally be­gins in Au­gust.

Min­is­ter for Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Bill Byrne said a new on­line tool avail­able on the Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice web­site helped fam­i­lies pre­pare their own Bush­fire Sur­vival Plan quickly and eas­ily.

Mr Byrne also urged peo­ple to visit the web­site and be­come fa­mil­iar with what the best course of ac­tion was in the event of a bush­fire.

“Just about any area of Queens­land can be af­fected by bush­fire so it’s im­por­tant we all un­der­stand what we need to know and do if a bush­fire oc­curs,” Mr Byrne said. “Hav­ing a Bush­fire Sur­vival Plan in place, just in case, is a way you can pro­tect your fam­ily and home well in ad­vance.”

Mr Byrne said the on­line tool meant peo­ple from right across Queens­land were able to lo­cate cru­cial in­for­ma­tion to gain the abil­ity to cre­ate their own bush­fire plan.

“It’s too late to start plan­ning when a bush­fire is ap­proach­ing, so I urge Queens­lan­ders to re­view their op­tions and de­cide on their plan now so they know what ac­tion they will take,” Mr Byrne said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about pre­par­ing for bush­fire sea­son and to pre­pare your own Bush­fire Sur­vival Plan, visit www.ru­ral­fire.qld.gov.au.

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