CFA urge: prompt preparation
CFA and local councils, as part of Fire Action Week (October 7-14), are urging residents to make sure they are prepared for the coming fire season
As the Fire Danger Period begins to phase in across the state over the coming weeks, the warmer and drier than average weather over recent months, teamed with recent rainfall causing growth in pasture and roadsides means residents need to be prepared for the imminent fire season.
“Fire Action Week is an important reminder for all Victorians to know where to go for emergency information and how you and your family can stay safe this summer,” said Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp.
Preparing your property means you can minimise the chance of property damage during a fire; even if you plan to leave early.
Reduce your grassfire risk on days when it is safe to do so.
Slash, mow, graze and spray grass near your home and assets, and create fuel breaks.
Reducing the vegetation around your home is one of the most important things you can do to keep your home safe in a bushfire.
Burning off grass, stubble, weeds, undergrowth or other vegetation is generally permitted outside the Fire Danger Period.
Local laws on burn-offs can apply yearround.
Check with your local council before lighting up.
Check the weather forecast for the day of the burn and a few days afterwards and notify neighbours at least two hours before starting the burn.
Burning of larger fuel loads such as windrows, trees and stumps should not be burnt until autumn. Farmers need to check any burns that have been done with the last few months that have involved trees or stumps.
In the past many fires have started from burn-offs conducted months previous to the Fire Danger Period.
All burn-offs should be registered with the Burn-Offs Notification Hotline on 1800 668511. Understand your risk and plan ahead. Know what to do on hot, dry, windy and plan for all situations.
Have a plan; make sure your family knows it, stick to it and don’t hesitate when it’s time to leave, but do not wait to receive an official warning before you leave as you may not get one.
Fires can start quickly and threaten homes and lives within minutes. Make sure you have a plan. When preparing for fire also consider your pets; have bedding, food and water ready to go and make sure you have safe transport when leaving, but the CFA urge residents to always put their safety before the safety of their pets.
For further information go to www.cfa.vic. gov.au
REDUCE VEGETATION: Mowing, slashing, grazing or spraying grass can help create essential firebreaks around your property or home.