Getting Fire Ready
Now's the time to clean up your property. With predictions of another high fire risk this summer, we all need to play our part in making sure we are fire ready. Below is some important information on what council is doing as well as information to help you prepare. There are also links to important events, websites and contact information.
For up to date information about preparing for bushfire, warnings and current incidents please visit the CFA website
What You Can Do To Prepare
Have a Written and Practised Plan
Your plan should include what you and your family will do on a fire risk day. Your plans need to take ALL Fire Danger Rating (FDR) days into account. If your plan is to relocate you must also have a back up plan if you are unable to leave. Consider...
- When you will relocate? (plan to leave early)
- When relocating where you will go? (Click here if you're stuck for ideas)
- How you will get there?
- When will you return?
- What will you do if you cannot leave - have you got a back up plan?
- What you will take with you?
- What you will do with your pets and livestock?
- Ensure your plans take into consideration a variety of scenarios - whether a fire risk day occurs on a work day, weekend, when the kids are home
- If your plan is to leave early on a fire risk day, do so at the start of the day before any fires break out. Include in your plan places to go such as a regional shopping centre, to family or friends. Consider relocating to a Relief Centre (if one has been activated) as a last resort. Discuss your plans with family and friends so everyone knows what to expect
- Plan what you will take with you if you relocate such as medicines, toiletries, pet supplies etc - you might not be able to come back that night
- Join the CFA's Community Fire-guard - a free fire safety education program (Call Victorian Bushfire Information line 1800 240 667).
For more information visit the CFA's website at www.cfa.vic.gov.au
Clean Up Your Property
- Keep grass cut
- Clean leaves out of gutters
- Remove dead undergrowth and fallen branches
- Reduce fine fuels such as long, dry grass, fallen leaves and twigs from around your house
- Check for potential fire hazards
- Clear the perimeter around the stacked firewood
- Household junk stored under carports or eaves
- Pot plants/ hanging baskets
- Bushes against the house
- Vines on the house
- Surrounding structures - decks, pergolas
- Garden furniture
- Under house items
What We're Doing
This year we're spending around $1.5m on fire preparations including:
- Inspecting about 54,000 properties
- Issuing fire prevention notices to landowners
- Slashing 1500km of roadside
- Fire preparation for council reserves
This year Council has an Action Plan for preparedness for the coming fire season which includes:
- Community Education
- Updating Emergency Management and Fire Readiness Plans
- Install and maintaining new emergency vehicle access tracks and water tanks for the CFA
- Working with the CFA to identify Neighbourhood Safer Places
- Working directly with the State Government on the Refuge (Shelter) Policy
- Additional staff to act as municipal fire prevention officers to inspect properties
- Promoting greater fire awareness
For more information, please visit the CFA website or contact us on 1300 368 333.