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Building Protection Zones

We all have a responsibility to reduce the risk of bushfire. By preparing your home or business, you increase the chance that it will survive a bushfire.

One way you can help protect your property is to create a circle of safety (building protection zone) around the building.

DFES has the following tips when creating a circle of safety:

  • Create a 20 metre circle of safety around your home and other buildings by clearing all rubbish, long dry grass, bark and material that may catch fire.
  • Prune lower branches (up to two metres off the ground) to stop a ground fire spreading into the canopy of the trees.
  • Clear vegetation along the boundary of your property to create a firebreak. Make sure you meet your local government’s firebreak requirements.
  • Cut long grass and dense scrub.

There are lots of other things you can do to reduce the risk of bushfire to your home or property. Check out DFES’s Prepare. Act. Survive. booklet (PDF - 2.5 MB) or find out more about getting prepared for bushfire.

Should you have any concerns with clearing native vegetation please go to the Department of Environment and Conservation website.

Examples of critical assets

The Premier issued a Circular in September 2012, encouraging all public sector bodies and entities to implement or improve existing building protection zones around critical assets in high bushfire risk areas. Each organisation is responsible for identifying their critical assets, however, the below examples may provide a guide:

  • Places where there are at risk people, that is, people who are unable to receive understand or act on information prior to or during an emergency. These may include schools, hospitals and group homes.
  • Buildings that house or accommodate emergency services, for example evacuation centres.
  • Critical infrastructure, that is, physical facilities, supply chains, information technologies and communication networks, which, if destroyed, degraded or rendered unavailable for an extended period, would significantly impact on the social or economic wellbeing of Western Australia, or affect Western Australia’s contribution to national security or defence. These may include bridges, communication towers or water pumping stations.

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