SEA­SON FIR­ING UP EARLY

Dalby fire cap­tain gives his top tips on sur­viv­ing this bush­fire sea­son

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Sam Flana­gan Sam.Flana­gan@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

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.”

PHOTO: NI­COLE MCDOUGALL

AT THE READY: Dalby fire cap­tain Peter Mauch has given res­i­dents some great advice.

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