Act Now – Bushfire Season is coming
The arrival of warmer weather also heralds the arrival of bushfire season. The Rural Fire Service rates the fire danger rating for today as Very High in our area. The Rural Fire service provides the following information to prepare for bushfire season:
An unprepared property is not only at risk itself, but may also present an increased danger for neighbours. Here are some things you can do:
• Clear leaves, twigs, bark and other debris from the roof and gutters.
• Purchase and test the effectiveness of gutter plugs.
• Enclose open areas under decks and floors.
• Install fine steel wire mesh screens on all windows, doors, vents and weep holes.
• Point LPG cylinder relief valves away from the house.
• Conduct maintenance checks on pumps, generators and water systems.
• Seal all gaps in external roof and wall cladding.
• Display a prominent house or lot number, in case it is required in an emergency.
• Ensure there is adequate access to your property for fire trucks – 4 metres wide by 4 metres high, with a turn-around area.
• Reduce vegetation loads along the access path.
• Mow your grass regularly.
• Remove excess ground fuels and combustible material (long dry grass, dead leaves and branches).
• Trim low-lying branches two metres from the ground surrounding your home.
• Check that you have sufficient personal protective clothing and equipment.
• Relocate flammable items away from your home, including woodpiles, paper, boxes, crates, hanging baskets and garden furniture.
• Check the first aid kit is fully stocked.
• Make sure you have appropriate insurance for your home and vehicles.
• Find out if there is a nearby Neighbourhood Safer Place.
• Review and update your household Bushfire Survival Plan
Reprinted from Rural Fire Service
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