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Media Release

Prepare for bushfire weather with high New Year temperatures
Friday 31 December 2010 – 4:50 PM

With four days of high temperatures expected in the New Year, people living in or near bushland are reminded to stay alert and be prepared for bushfire conditions. 

 

Deputy Chief of Kalamunda Volunteer Bushfire Brigade and Bushfire Ready Group facilitator Jamie O’Neill said people should be ready to act on these days and look for information.

 

“People living in suburban areas are not immune to bushfires, we particularly urge hills residents not to be complacent and remain alert throughout the bushfire season.

 

“During hot, dry and windy days if you are inside with the blinds closed and the air conditioner on you may not even know a fire is coming towards your home,” Mr O’Neill said. 

 

Bushfires can start suddenly, often without warning and people need to reduce risks and take actions to survive.

 

FESA Chief Operations Officer Craig Hynes said some people were still not prepared for bushfires despite the early onset of the bushfire season and several recent metropolitan fires. 

 

“If you haven’t already done so you need to develop a bushfire survival plan now to help you take action and avoid making last minute decisions that could prove deadly during a bushfire,” he said.

 

“It is important to stay alert during hot weather and not wait for a warning before acting.

“You need to be responsible for your own safety by always being aware of your surroundings, being prepared well in advance and monitoring local conditions,” Mr Hynes said.

In the coming days areas in the South West Land Division are likely to face Total Fire Bans (TFB) as temperatures are expected to soar.

 

If a TFB is declared, any activity that could start a fire will be banned for a 24 hour period from midnight to midnight.

 

Mr Hynes also encouraged people to register with StateAlert to receive emergency warnings direct to their mobile or email during bushfires where there is an immediate threat to lives or homes. 

“StateAlert is a free service and all home phones including silent numbers and mobiles are automatically registered,” Mr Hynes said.

“However, if your residential address is different to your mobile phone customer address you will need to register.”

StateAlert is only used when there is time to send a warning and it does not replace information tools such as websites, information lines and the media.

For information on how to prepare now so you can act to survive the bushfire season visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au

To register for StateAlert visit www.statealert.wa.gov.au or call 1300 ALERTS (1300 253 787).

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