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Pre­pare your prop­erty and clear the im­me­di­ate area around your home by prun­ing trees, cut­ting long grass, clearing your gut­ters and re­mov­ing rub­bish.

In­stall a mesh guard on your air­con­di­tioner and block any gaps un­der floor spa­ces, in the roof and un­der eaves to keep sparks and em­bers out.

Use the 5-minute Fire Chat to de­cide on your bush­fire plan and en­act it early to avoid mak­ing last­minute de­ci­sions that could prove deadly.

Have an emer­gency kit ready to go in case you are evac­u­ated or cut off dur­ing a bush­fire, in­clud­ing es­sen­tial sup­plies such as a ra­dio, spare bat­ter­ies, torch, first aid kit, woollen blan­ket, wa­ter and non­per­ish­able food.

Dur­ing a bush­fire peo­ple should stay alert to their sur­round­ings by check­ing the Emer­gency WA web­site, call­ing 13 DFES (133 337), fol­low­ing DFES on Face­book and Twit­ter, and lis­ten­ing to ra­dio and lo­cal news bul­letins.

If there is a fire nearby, don’t wait for a text mes­sage or for a knock on the door. If you see smoke or flames, take ac­tion im­me­di­ately to sur­vive.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to pre­pare for bush­fires, visit firechat.wa. gov.au.

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