Plan and be prepared this fire season

15 Jan 2016
Resilient Environment

We are urging residents in high fire risk areas to plan and be prepared during the fire season.

It is important to prepare your property, house and garden in case of a grass or bushfire. There are three key steps to ensure you are prepared:

1. Building protection – prepare and maintain your house

2. Have in place a Bushfire Survival Plan to act early

3. Adequate vegetation management.

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) runs a range of free fire safety programs that are available to residents in high risk fire areas. CFA fire safety experts are available in the Warrandyte, North Warrandyte, South Warrandyte and Wonga Park areas to provide residents with a free bushfire assessment of their property.

Fire Danger Ratings

The CFA’s Fire Danger Rating tells you how dangerous a fire would be if one started. It is important to remember that regardless of property preparation, most homes will not be able to withstand fires in Code Red conditions. In high risk areas, the safest option is to leave early on an Extreme or a Severe day and, on Code Red days, leave the night before or early in the morning.

For more information on developing a bushfire survival plan, visit the CFA website. To check your district’s rating, see the Total Fire Bans and Ratings on the CFA website.