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Bushfire info hub at Centro Wodonga
Shoppers at Wodonga's biggest shopping centre are being urged to drop by at a CFA display this week to talk to a fire safety specialist about their planning and preparation for the fire season.
The CFA information hub, which will be set up in at Centro Wodonga from Monday to Thursday this week, will be staffed by fire safety specialists and feature the latest resources and brochures.
Acting Operations Manager John Bigham said that one of the best things people could do at this stage of the fire season was to talk to CFA face to face.
“There are very few ‘one-size-fits-all’ rules when it comes to bushfire, which is why we always encourage you to come and have a chat,” he said. “Everyone’s situation is different – where your property is situated can make a big difference to your level of risk and the plans you need to make.”
“We’re more than happy to walk you through the basics, and give you advice about how to plan to protect your home and family this summer.
“Even if you’ve done quite a lot of preparation, it’s still a good idea to stop by to make sure you’re on the right track and have all the local updates.”
Mr Bigham said that the district had already seen a number of fast moving grass fires this season, and a fire northeast of Albury across the NSW border at Ournie last weekend came as a timely reminder.
“Just because you haven’t been affected in the past doesn’t mean you won’t be this year. Now is the time to take action,” he said.
The fire safety display is part of a state-wide raodshow visiting various locations this summer and will be located inside Centro between Target and Woolworths from Monday 7 January to Thursday 10 January 2013.
Top tips from CFA this season:
- Speak with your local brigade about the risk in your area.
- Make sure you know what fire weather district you’re in, and check the Total Fire Ban and Fire Danger Rating for that district every day over summer.
- Talk to everyone you live with about your plans so you all know what you’ll do on a bad day.
- Pack a relocation kit with important documents, photos, medications, money and clothes so you’re ready to leave early. Practise packing and leaving.
- Don’t rely on getting a warning – it’s your responsibility to know when to leave.
- Download the FireReady smartphone app so you can check Fire Danger Rating and alerts and warnings any time, any place.
- Check out CFA’s website – cfa.vic.gov.au – or call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667 for more information on how to stay safe this summer.