Bushfires are fuelled by vegetation, unpredictable in nature and can quickly change direction with wind conditions. Any areas that are close enough to be affected by burning material, embers and smoke can be threatened by bushfires, potentially causing major damage to property, injury and loss of life.
Active bushfires, alerts, fire danger ratings and information to help you prepare for fire season can all be found on the Get ready website.
While bushfires can be a risk at any time of year, the bushfire risk is higher for our region from the end of July to March.
It is your responsibility to be familiar with official bushfire warning levels and have a bushfire survival plan in place. When there is a bushfire in your area, seek information about the event, make decisions and act. A bushfire survival plan template can be downloaded from the Get ready website.
Follow the steps in our 'Preparing for emergencies' article to make sure you are always prepared for an emergency situation.
How to prepare your home for fire season
- Check your roof and repair loose tiles, eaves and screws
- Clean gutters and downpipes
- Trim greenery
- Ensure your insurance is up to date
- Purchase food and water supplies
- Reduce bushfire fuel around your property by grading or burning a fire-break and keeping grass and leaf litter at a minimum
- Plant a wind break
- Implement fire mitigation measures such as enclosing eaves, fitting wire screens to doors, windows and vents, enclosing under-floor areas and moving wood and fuel away from buildings
- Fit outdoor taps and long hoses in strategic places
- Install roof sprinklers
- Ensure LPG safety valves face away from buildings
- Ensure easy and safe access for fire fighting vehicles
Ways to avoid starting a fire
- Ensure machinery is well serviced and do not operate machinery which may create sparks in dry grassed areas (for example: grinding/welding equipment)
- Do not discard cigarette butts
- Extinguish campfires with water
- Coals must be cool to the touch
- Landholders need to slash fire breaks and ensure firefighting equipment is available
- Remove vegetation from around structures