brimbank,
15
October
2015
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01:30
Australia/Melbourne

Identify, Clean, Prepare: Be Fire Safe!

Summary

Get your property as fire-safe and fire-ready as possible.

With Victoria likely to see a very active fire season you need to get your property as fire-safe and fire-ready as possible.

Do this by 

  • identifying risks,
  • cleaning up your property; and
  • getting involved in local fire preparation activities.


Council Inspections
For the coming season Council officers will inspect all vacant properties and remind landowners to keep their properties neat and tidy and fire-safe.


Safety Tips
To help make your property safe this fire season:

  • Keep grass cut no longer than 150mm;
  • Clear away dead undergrowth and fallen branches;
  • Reduce “fine fuels” – including long, dry grass and fallen leaves and twigs;
  • Move wood piles away from the home;
  • Clean leaves from gutters;
  • Place weather stripping around doors and windows;
  • Close underfloor spaces and seal all gaps where embers could enter;
  • Ensure access to adequate water supplies, such as tanks and dams, and install a sprinkler system around the home.


Hoarding
Hoarding increases the risk of fire for both occupant and fire-fighters because:

  • Accumulation of possessions results in an abnormally high fuel load and greater opportunity for ignition;
  • Blocked exits and narrow internal pathways impede escape for the occupant and access for fire-fighters; and
  • Non-functional gas or electricity may result in unsafe practices for cooking and heating.


Plenty of Advice
You can seek advice from their fire-fighting agency and find out what CFA/MFB activities are in your area.

For more information on how to get fire-ready, visit Country Fire Associaion.


Report Suspicious Activity
Residents are also asked to report any suspicious fire activity they may witness.

Arson is a serious crime and has a very negative impact on the community, as it has the potential to injure or kill people, cause significant financial loss, and destroy property as well as the environment.

Community members are requested to report suspicious behaviour by calling Triple Zero (000).