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Off and running in race to prepare
With the weather starting to heat up, CFA is urging Victorians to clean up their properties ahead of the summer fire season.
CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said recent warmer days are a timely reminder that with summer was just around the corner – now is the time to get prepared for the fire season.
“October has been unexpectedly dry and we have already seen a number of grass and scrub fires across the state already – which should serve as a timely reminder to all Victorian’s not to be complacent when it comes to their fire risk.
“For Melbourne residents, Melbourne Cup weekend is the first public holiday in the lead up to the fire season, and the extra day off a good chance to do some preparation work around the home.”
“We live in one of the most fire-prone regions in the world, so no matter where you live it is never too soon to start preparing.
“Prepare your home and property by slashing, mowing, grazing, spraying and using herbicide, and creating fuel breaks by removing all fuel (vegetation) down to the soil. Living in a grassland area with dried-out brown or golden-coloured grass that is over 10cm high is a bushfire risk,” he said.
Mr Ferguson added preparing your property is only one step on the way to staying fire safe.
“Take the time now to do some planning yourself – talk to your family and friends about what you’ll do on a bad day, such as when and where you’ll go. Practise leaving. 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.”
Mr Ferguson also urged people to take care while burning off over the weekend.
“To avoid brigades being called out unnecessarily by a neighbour or passer-by, tell your neighbours when you plan to burn-off and register the burn with the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) on 1800 668 511.
People should also leave a three-metre fire break, free of flammable materials around any burn off,” he concluded.