Time is running out to be bushfire ready
Bushfire brigades are urging homeowners to prepare for the fire season before it is too late.
The warning comes as the State Government ramps up its bushfire mitigation with several prescribed burns that have prompted a number of smoke warnings in the region.
“We’re bracing for a bad season,” Leschenault Bush Fire Brigade captain and Shire of Harvey deputy chief bush fire control officer Michael Papalia said.
The shire’s firebreak inspections begin on December 1, but Mr Papalia warns that this is only a minimum measure.
“It’s quite possible we will have some very bad days and when that weather comes is not the time to be having that conversation,” he said.
Mr Papalia urges residents in both rural and urban settings to read through the Department of Fire and Emergency Services Bushfire Preparation Toolkit and have a family discussion about an evacuation plan.
“People need to make sure they have an evacuation plan, especially if they have kids, and make sure the kids know what the plan is so everyone is on the same page,” Mr Papalia
Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades president Dave Gossage said residents could go one step further to increase community safety and resilience.
“At your next social or sporting group gathering make it an item on your meeting agenda,” Mr Gossage said.
“If you want a local volunteer firefighter to come and have that five-minute chat, make contact with your local brigade.
Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan said it was time for residents to play their part and take immediate action to prepare themselves, their family and property for bushfires.
“No one can afford to be complacent,” Mr Logan said.