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Prepare your home this bushfire season
Wednesday 21 October 2009 – 10:00 AM
With the weather heating up now is the ideal time for people in bushfire risk areas to start preparing. Perth sweltered through a scorching 36 degree day last Saturday which was just a taste of what is to come. FESA Chief Operations Officer Craig Hynes said it was time for people to make sure that if a fire occurred, they were ready. “The Victorian fires earlier this year have shown us just how quickly a fire can start without warning and rapidly spread,” Mr Hynes said. “A well prepared home has a much higher chance of surviving a bushfire.” Mr Hynes said there were several steps people could take to ensure their homes were well protected this bushfire season. “Identifying fire hazards around your home is vital,” he said. “This includes clearing rubbish, dry timber, leaves from gutters, piles of wood and any other material around the home that could easily ignite. “Cutting back tree branches so they don’t overhang your house is also important and this needs to be maintained throughout the season. “Damaged or missing roof tiles need to be replaced and roof openings sealed as these can act as passage ways for sparks or embers to enter your roof cavity. “Residents should ensure their home and contents insurance is up to date and covers their current situation.” FESA will be holding a Bushfire Awareness Week from 30 October to 6 November to encourage people living in bushfire prone areas to prepare themselves and their properties. Further advice on how to prepare for bushfire season is available at www.fesa.wa.gov.au

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