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November 2014

Do you have a bushfire plan?

Is your home prepared in case a bushfire should occur?

With the start of summer officially just a couple of weeks away, the Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) are warning home owners to make sure they have a bushfire plan in place.

Being prepared for a bushfire can help save you and your family’s lives, your property and your livelihood.

Remember - bushland does not just mean trees and forest, it also means areas of scrub and grassland, found in both suburban and regional areas.

Are you and your family at risk?

  • Do you live in or near bush?
  • Does your local area have a bushfire history?
  • Do you have trees and shrubs within 20 metres of your house?
  • Is your house built on a slope?
  • Is your bushfire survival plan more than one year old?

If you answered YES to one or more of these questions, then bushfire is a real risk to you and your family.

Bushfire Plan Checklist

DFES recommend the following precautions to be taken immediately to ensure your home isn't vulnerable to bushfires:

  • Prepare firebreaks in accordance with your local government fire break notice. Ensure driveway access is clear.
  • Protect your house from ember attack by fitting wire screens and shutters.
  • Block any gaps under the floor, roof, eaves, external vents, skylights, chimneys and wall cladding.
  • Have an emergency water supply that is independent of mains water supply.
  • Discuss fire prevention and preparedness with your family and neighbours.

During spring

With just two weeks left of spring, make sure the following tasks are completed before summer begins:

  • Prune the dead material from shrubs in the building protection zone.
  • Clean out gutters and remove debris from your roof.
  • Install firebreaks in accordance with your local fire break notice.
  • Prepare your emergency kit, including your bushfire survival plan.
  • Prepare to actively defend or leave for a safer place.

Throughout summer

Once summer hits, remain vigilant by:

  • watering lawns, trees and shrubs near buildings to keep them green
  • re-checking personal and home protection gear, screens, water supplies and gutters to ensure they are in good condition

With a bushfire plan safely in place, you can sit back and relax while enjoying the beautiful Perth summer!

For more information about how you can protect your home from bushfires this summer, visit dfes.wa.gov.au or call DFES Community Engagement on 9395 9816. The DFES website also has some excellent bushfire plans resources and guides which you can download for free.

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(article sourced from REIWA.com)

 

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