Even though conditions have been cooler lately, the Fire Danger Period is still in place
Here are some tips for preparing yourself and your property at the risk of a fire:
Plan for all scenarios
Understand your risk and plan ahead.
Know the weather forecast for the coming days; hot, dry and windy days increase the fire danger.
Have a plan for each high risk day, especially Total Fire Ban Days.
Think through the “what ifs”: what will you do if your car won’t start? The wind changes direction? Roads are blocked? Don’t let your plan rest on a last-minute unplanned escape.
Talk to your family and friends about how you’ll know when to leave, where you’ll go and how you will get there.
Prepare your property
A big clean up before the fire season or right now can make a huge difference to the survival of your home in a bushfire, maintaining this work throughout the season is just as important – keep trees, overhanging branches and shrubs to a minimum near your home, particularly around and under windows.
Keep grass, leaf litter, shrubs and any other fuels to a minimum under trees on your property. This will help to reduce the chance of a fire reaching tree canopies, which will reduce embers and the fire intensity near your home.