People in the Perth metropolitan area are being urged to prepare themselves, their families and property, with ‘Are You Ready?’ Bushfire Action Month beginning today.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services Assistant Commissioner Metropolitan Darren Klemm said that bushfires are a real threat, with over 2,100 bushfires occurring in the Perth metropolitan area last season.
“The South West of Western Australia, including Perth and surrounding areas is predicted to face an above normal fire potential this year,” Assistant Commissioner Klemm said.
“People cannot afford to be naïve about bushfires – if you live or travel near bushland you are at risk.
“Bushfires start suddenly and without warning. It’s difficult to predict where or when the next major fire will occur so it’s essential everyone plays their part in getting prepared.
“Sit down with your family this month and create a bushfire survival plan that clearly says what you will do when a bushfire starts near you. This will help you take action and avoid making last minute decisions that could prove deadly.
“Get your property prepared for the bushfire season by pruning back trees, cutting long grass, clearing your roof gutters and removing rubbish from around your home.”
A number of community events will be held across the State during Bushfire Action Month to help people prepare for bushfires, including street meets, property walk throughs and community information sessions.
“I strongly encourage everyone to get involved with your local brigade and participate in events being held in your area – it’s a great way to get to know your community and learn more about how to survive a bushfire,” Assistant Commissioner Klemm said.
For information about Bushfire Action Month events visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/bushfireactionmonth
For more information about how to prepare for bushfires visit areyouready.wa.gov.au
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