Be pre­pared for bush fires

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With the bush­fire sea­son de­clared early in many parts of NSW due to high fuel loads and the weather heat­ing up, Es­sen­tial En­ergy is urg­ing prop­erty own­ers to be pre­pared.

Es­sen­tial En­ergy’s re­gional gen­eral man­ager South­ern, Steven Il­itch, said sim­ple steps could be taken to re­duce the risk to prop­erty and lives dur­ing bush­fires.

‘‘Clear veg­e­ta­tion from around the home and leaves and de­bris out of gut­ters to help pro­tect your prop­erty and re­duce a fire’s po­ten­tial fuel source,’’ Mr Il­itch said.

‘‘Es­sen­tial En­ergy checks pow­er­lines reg­u­larly to main­tain fire safety clear­ances and rec­om­mends prop­erty own­ers keep veg­e­ta­tion at least 15 me­tres away from over­head lines.’’

Prepa­ra­tion is the key to pre­vent­ing elec­tri­cal ac­ci­dents dur­ing a bush­fire, whether res­i­dents choose to leave an atrisk area or stay and de­fend their prop­erty.

For in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing bush­fire safety, visit www.es­sen­tialen­ergy.com.au/safety, drop in to your near­est es­sen­tial ser­vice cen­tre or call 13 23 91.

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