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Time to get fire ready

- Fires · Home Safety · Disasters · Personal Safety · Lifehacks

As sum­mer ap­proaches, Fire and Emer­gency wants peo­ple liv­ing with a risk of wild­fire to act nowand pro­tect their homes from the wild­fire haz­ard. This in­cludes peo­ple liv­ing in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, on life­style blocks and near town bound­aries or large ar­eas of scrub and bush.

Fire and Emer­gency wild­fire spe­cial­ist Graeme Still says iden­ti­fy­ing and re­mov­ing fire risks around yourhome now will in­crease your prop­erty’s chance of sur­viv­ing a wild­fire.

“Every­thing within60 me­tres from your house can de­ter­mine how safe it will be in a wild­fire.

“Fo­cus on any fire haz­ards in con­tact with yourhome first. Clear your gut­ters, get a non-flammable door­mat and re­move flammable ma­te­ri­als like fire­wood stacked against your home,” says Still.

“Once you’ve made your home­safe, work your­way out­wards to the edges of your prop­erty and in­clude other build­ings and sheds.

“Keep your lawns wa­tered and green— the greener the grass, the less likely it is to burn in a wild­fire. Re­move long grass, shrubs, twigs and other fu­els that are within 10 me­tres of your home.”

Prune the lower branches on trees within 30 me­tres of your home to help re­duce the in­ten­sity and spread of a wild­fire.

As well as mak­ing your home­and sur­rounds fire safe, it’s im­por­tant to en­sure fire­fight­ers can ac­cess your prop­erty if there is a fire.

“If we can’t get to you, we can’t help you.”

Makesure your house or Rapid num­ber is easy for emer­gency ser­vices to find and your drive­way has clear­ance for emer­gency ve­hi­cles. Fire trucks need at least 4x4 me­tres.

i Get more tips on how to keep your home fire safe at https://check­it­sal­right.nz/re­duce-the-risk/safe­guard­ing-your­prop­erty. Or con­tact your lo­cal Fire and Emer­gency Area Of­fice for ad­vice on safe­guard­ing your prop­erty or plan­ning a burn for land man­age­ment.

 ??  ?? Act now to pro­tect ru­ral prop­erty from aw­ild­fire haz­ard like this one at Pukaki Downs.
Act now to pro­tect ru­ral prop­erty from aw­ild­fire haz­ard like this one at Pukaki Downs.

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