It's really important you keep your property clean and fire-ready during summer.
For up to date information about preparing for fire, warnings, and current incidents visit the Country Fire Authority (CFA).
What You Can Do to Prepare
Have a plan. Your plan should outline what you and your family will do on a high fire risk day.
Clean up your property:
- keep grass cut
- clean leaves from your gutters
- remove dead undergrowth and fallen branches
- reduce fire fuel from around your home – such as long, dry grass and fallen leaves and twigs
- check for potential fire hazards:
- household junk stored under carports or eaves
- pot plants and hanging baskets
- bushes against the house
- vines on the house
- surrounding structures: decks, pergolas
- garden furniture
- under-house items
What We Do to Reduce Fire Risk
- regularly inspect properties
- issue fire prevention notices to non-compliant landowners
- fire preparations for our reserves
- review Emergency Management and Fire Prevention Plans
- promote better fire awareness.
Stay or Leave?
Staying to defend your home can put you at risk of injury or death. If you decide to stay make sure you know how to defend your property properly.
If you intend to leave, leave early. It's the safest way to survive especially if you or people you care for are frail, elderly, or have a disability. It's also safer to leave early if you have pets.