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Media Release

Prepare for survival during Bushfire Action Week
Monday 21 October 2013 – 1:00 PM
A series of community events are being held across the State during Bushfire Action Week this week to promote the importance of preparation ahead of the bushfire season.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is encouraging Western Australians to find out what events are occurring near them during the week and beyond.
DFES Operations Deputy Commissioner Lloyd Bailey said Bushfire Action Week, that is being held from 19 – 26 October, provided people with the perfect opportunity to prepare their homes and families for bushfire.
Deputy Commissioner Bailey said dozens of information forums, interactive displays, workshops and street meets were being held in both metropolitan and regional areas to highlight the importance of community involvement in lessening the risk of bushfire.
“You can get together with your family and neighbours to organise a street meet or a busy bee during the week,” he said.
“Bushfires can start suddenly, unexpectedly and move fast and you must be aware that if you live near bush, whether in the suburbs of Perth or in regional areas, you need to act now.
“A well prepared property has a much better chance of surviving a fire.”
Deputy Commissioner Bailey said taking a few simple steps around your home to reduce surrounding fuel loads would help you and your family during summer.
“Early indications are that Western Australia will again be faced with a long and challenging bushfire season,” he said.
“Recent rainfall has led to higher grass growth and an increase in fuel loads in large sections which means more vegetation can burn if a bushfire starts.
“You can prepare your property for bushfire a number ways including creating a 20 metre building protection zone around your property, maintaining a two metre gap between trees and the home, and keeping grass short, and pruning shrubs and trees.”
For information on Bushfire Action Week, a full list of community events and what steps you can take to prepare for the bushfire season, visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/bushfireactionweek.
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