FIRE AWARE­NESS Play it safe, be pre­pared

Tasmanian Country - - FIRE AWARENESS -

bush­fire sea­son upon us, the Tas­ma­nia Fire Ser­vice is urg­ing Tas­ma­ni­ans to pre­pare their prop­er­ties and prac­tise their bush­fire sur­vival plans.

TFS chief of­fi­cer Chris Arnol said bush­fires were part of the Tas­ma­nian land­scape.

“We know that when the warmer months ar­rive, we can have bush­fires any­where in our state,” he said.

“On av­er­age we ex­pe­ri­ence about 1400 to 1800 bush­fires each bush­fire sea­son.

“We need all Tas­ma­ni­ans to be pre­pared for bush­fires this sum­mer.

“This means know­ing your bush­fire risk and pre­par­ing your prop­erty ac­cord­ingly now be­fore it is too late.

“If you live in or near bush­land, you, your fam­ily and your home are at risk.

“It is es­sen­tial for peo­ple who are stay­ing or liv­ing in or near bush­land to have a bush­fire sur­vival plan de­tail­ing how to pre­pare and what ac­tion to take if threat­ened by bush­fire.”

Mr Arnol said own­ing a prop­erty means you also own that prop­erty’s risk.

“Your home is more likely to sur­vive a bush­fire if you have pre­pared it prop­erly by cre­at­ing a 20-me­tre to 40me­tre de­fend­able space around your home clear of flammable ma­te­rial and he said.

“Writ­ing and prac­tis­ing a bush­fire sur­vival plan will help you think through the ac­tions log­i­cally, give you some­thing to re­fer to, and can help con­trol fear and anx­i­ety if a bush­fire breaks out nearby.”

The TFS has de­vel­oped 100 bush­fire pro­tec­tion plans for in­di­vid­ual com­mu­ni­ties.

Tas­ma­ni­ans are en­cour­aged to visit the veg­e­ta­tion,’’ to check if there’s a plan for your area, use the re­sources avail­able to know your bush­fire risk, and de­velop your own bush­fire sur­vival plan so you know what you will do if there is a bush­fire.

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