Fire Ac­tion Week fea­ture

THE RIGHT TIME TO PRE­PARE

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page -

IT’S YOUR RE­SPON­SI­BIL­ITY TO BE READY THIS SUM­MER.

Pre­pare your prop­erty, fire plan and emer­gency kit now. The rea­sons are black and white. 1. Plan what you’ll do in the event of a fire, talk to your house­hold and know where to ac­cess in­for­ma­tion on high risk days.

2. Keep grass short. Fire can ig­nite and travel quickly through long grass.

3. Get rid of dry grass, leaves, twigs and loose bark around your home. 4. Re­move or prune shrubs near win­dows and un­der branches of ma­ture trees. 5. Cut back over­hang­ing tree branches close

to prop­erty – no branches within 10 me­tres. 6. Keep gut­ters and roof ar­eas clear

of leaf lit­ter (if you are phys­i­cally able to). 7. Re­move all ma­te­ri­als from around the

home that could burn, such as boxes, fur­ni­ture and wood­piles.

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