FESA’s key bushfire publication, Prepare. Act. Survive., has been reviewed and distributed to almost 100,000 people living in high bushfire risk areas in the southern half of the State.
The revised publication places a greater emphasis on what to expect during a bushfire and includes practical advice about how to prepare.
It also highlights the need for people to always remain aware of the conditions around them and act without a warning, especially if they notice smoke or flames.
The publication’s release coincides with the delivery of FESA’s Bushfire Information Kits to local governments within high bushfire risk communities.
FESA’s Acting Chief Operations Officer Lloyd Bailey said the Prepare. Act. Survive. booklet can help save properties and lives, but only if people read it and take action.
“As well as tips on how to prepare your home and family for the upcoming season, the publication includes information about Fire Danger Ratings and Total Fire Bans,” Mr Bailey said.
“The booklet is a ‘must have’ for anyone who owns property near bushland - it could save your life.”
Mr Bailey said as the bushfire season neared it was more important than ever for people to prepare.
“We’ve already had a taste of summer with a few hot days here and there to remind us of the warm weather to come,” he said.
“Once summer starts it will be a lot more difficult to get outside and do all the tasks you need to do to get your home ready. Now is the time to take action.
“Having a bushfire survival plan is the first step and you should always have a contingency plan.
“If your plan is to stay and actively defend, you will need to have an independent water supply of at least 20,000 litres.
“And if your plan is to leave you need to think about where you will go, how you will get there and what you will need to take with you.”
As well as the distribution of the booklet, several bushfire information sessions are being held throughout the State in collaboration with Local Government, Bushfire Ready groups and brigades.
PREPARING YOUR PROPERTY – CHECKLIST
• Clear a 20 metre circle of safety around your home. Remove all long grass, leaves, rubbish and anything that could catch fire.
• Prune low tree branches and create a gap of two metres between your home and any branches.
• Clear leaves and bark out of gutters.
• Clear vegetation around boundary of property to create a firebreak.
• Prevent sparks from entering your house by blocking any gaps in roof spaces, under floors and in wall cavities.
• Install a stainless steel open weave mesh cover over your evaporative air conditioner and metal fly screens on your windows and vents to keep sparks and embers out
• Address fire traps – no wood piles next to the house, keep fuel stored away from the house, and gas cylinders upright and secure.
• Check that your home and contents insurance is adequate.