CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson warned Victoria is one of the most fire prone places in the world and understanding your individual risk could be the difference between life and death this summer.
“Risk is unique to you and your home – it depends on factors like where you live, your local weather conditions, the amount of vegetation nearby, how prepared you are for fire, your physical and psychological capability and more,” he said.
“It’s up to each Victorian to know how a fire could impact them and their property. Make decisions and prepare a comprehensive plan now so you’re ready and know what to do if fire does threaten.”
Talking to the local fire brigade, joining a Community Fireguard group or attending a Fire Ready meeting are just a few ways Victorians can get informed.
A visit to the CFA website (www.cfa.vic.gov.au) or calling the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667 are also great places to start planning for the event of fire.
“Talking with your local CFA firefighters could prove a lifesaving decision. Your CFA members have a wealth of experience and knowledge about local conditions, landscape and vegetation, and their advice is invaluable,” Mr Ferguson said.
CFA also offers a personalised Home Bushfire Advice Service – one-on-one bushfire safety advice delivered at your property by trained Fire Safety Officers.
“Through the service, residents learn about their level of bushfire risk, fire hazards on their property and how to manage them, and how to develop a bushfire survival plan so they know what to do on high-risk fire days,” Mr Ferguson said.
“Another handy tool is a Community Information Guide which provides those who live in our state’s highest risk towns with important information such as their area’s bushfire history, local bushfire risks, key contacts, shelter options and relocation checklists.”
Residents can check if their area has a Community Information Guide on the CFA website – where the most up-to-date version is available.
Mr Ferguson emphasised it was never too early to make preparations for bushfire.
“Clear your property and plan what you’ll do if it’s a hot, dry, windy day when the risk of fire is high. It could just save your family’s life,” he said.