ARE YOU FIRE READY?
SUMMER SAFETY GUIDE INSIDE
AS bushfire season approaches, the Tasmania Fire Service is urging Tasmanians to prepare their properties and practise their bushfire survival plans.
TFS chief officer Chris Arnol said bushfires were part of the Tasmanian landscape.
“We know that when the warmer months arrive, we can have bushfires anywhere in our state,” he said.
“On average we experience about 1400 to 1800 bushfires each bushfire season.
“We need all Tasmanians to be prepared for bushfires this summer.
“This means knowing your bushfire risk and preparing your property accordingly now before it is too late.
“If you live in or near bushland, you, your family and your home are at risk.
“It is essential for people who are staying or living in or near bushland to have a bushfire survival plan detailing how to prepare and what action to take if threatened by bushfire.”
Mr Arnol said owning a property means you also own that property’s risk.
“Your home is more likely to survive a bushfire if you have prepared it properly by creating a 20-metre to 40-metre defendable space around your home clear of flammable material and vegetation,’’ he said.
“Writing and practising a bushfire survival plan will help you think through the actions logically, give you something to refer to, and can help control fear and anxiety if a bushfire breaks out nearby.”
The TFS has developed 100 bushfire protection plans for individual communities.
Tasmanians are encouraged to visit the www.fire.tas.gv.au to check if there’s a plan for your area, use the resources available to know your bushfire risk, and develop your own bushfire survival plan so you know what you will do if there is a bushfire.
For more information and to download your bushfire survival plan booklet visit www.fire.tas.gov.au or free-call 1800 000 699.
ACTION STATIONS: Firefighters from Dodges Ferry battle a small blaze close to a house on Marshton Lane between Copping and Dunalley in 2013. RIGHT: Tasmania Fire Service chief officer Chris Arnol.