People in regional Western Australia are being urged to begin their preparations for the upcoming fire season during Bushfire Action Week (October 21-28).
The annual event encourages people to prepare their property for the season and have a bushfire survival plan before the hot weather arrives.
FESA Assistant Chief Operations Officer Country Chris Arnol said preparation was the key to surviving a bushfire, particularly in regional areas where people often live nearer to bushland or in more remote areas.
“Bushfires happen every year, they are a reality that we can’t control,” Mr Arnol said.
“Everybody has the responsibility to ensure that they’re ready for the bushfire season. Now is the time to take action, and make sure our homes and families are prepared.
Mr Arnol said local firefighters relied on the community to do the right thing including by reducing the fuel around properties and planning for everyone’s safety.
“Career and volunteer firefighters are preparing for the season and they rely heavily on the community to help them by being proactive and maintaining their properties correctly,” he said.
“In the case of a widespread fire emergency, it is impossible to guarantee that firefighters will be there to defend every property at the same time or that aerial water bombers will be immediately available.
“But if you have a bushfire survival plan and have done the work to prepare your property, you and your property have the best chance of surviving a fire.”
Mr Arnol said bushfire survival plans should include all members of the family and should take into account what to do with pets and livestock.
“The worst thing you can do is just ‘wait and see’,” he said.
Whether you intend to stay and defend your property or leave immediately, FESA has detailed information on topics such as fuel management, firebreaks, water supplies and emergency kits that you need to know.