SEASON FIRING UP EARLY
Dalby fire captain gives his top tips on surviving this bushfire season
WITH the fire season starting earlier than expected in Queensland, residents are warned to be ready for the worst.
After multiple grass fires in the area recently, Dalby fire captain Peter Mauch has given his hot tips for staying safe this bushfire season.
MORE than half of all Queenslanders don’t have a plan in place to deal with a fire threat, according to alarming research from RACQ.
Bushfire season is well underway in the state and the research shows 62% of people have not considered their own safety during this high-risk period.
RACQ spokeswoman Kirsty Clinton said the coming months were traditionally RACQ’s busiest for insurance claims due to bushfire damage.
“We’re approaching the peak period for bushfires in Queensland and it’s shocking to see so many Queenslanders have not thought about what they’d do if their property came under bushfire threat,” Ms Clinton said.
“This year, with unseasonably warm and dry conditions, bushfires are arriving earlier. In recent weeks a bushfire at Caloundra burnt through 700ha of land.”
Dalby fire captain Peter Mauch said preparation was the key to navigating the bushfire season.
“Everyone’s property should be well-prepared for fire, even if you intend to leave early,” Mr Mauch said.
“A well-prepared property stands a greater chance of surviving.
“Some simple things people can do to be ready include clearing leaves, twigs, bark and other debris from their roof and gutters, enclose open areas under decks and floors and do maintenance checks on pumps, generators and water systems.”
Mr Mauch also noted a few steps to take if the worst came to worst and you were forced to flee your property.
“Have a bushfire emergency kit ready to go that includes water, boots, long-sleeved clothing and a radio,” he said.
“At least then you have some basic items ready to go that will come in handy.”
AT THE READY: Dalby fire captain Peter Mauch has given residents some great advice.