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Are you ready for summer?

Luke and Rob in front of the CFA ute at Taradale

How prepared are you for the Fire Danger Period? Follow these tips so you're ready for summer.

Monday 19 November 2018

With a high risk of bushfires predicted this Fire Danger Period, Mount Alexander Shire Council is urging all property owners to prepare their property as we come into summer.

Mount Alexander Shire Council Municipal Fire Prevention Officer Luke Ryan said that clearing rubbish, cutting grasses and clearing gutters around your home is a good place to start.

“Fine fuels like fallen leaves and branches, long dry grass, small shrubs and weeds are the most common hazard we encourage you to clean up,” said Mr Ryan.

“These can act as kindling for a fire – they are easy to ignite and means a fire can spread quickly,” he said.

“By preparing your property well you’re protecting not only yourself and your family, but also helping to protect the lives of others in the community.

“It’s great to see residents took up the opportunity to clear away potential fuel for fires during Council’s free green waste period during October and November. Nearly 600 local residents dropped off more than 580 cubic metres of green waste during the 16 days.”

Council staff have been out and about with the CFA undertaking fire prevention inspections to identify properties that need to reduce vegetation or fuel loads to reduce the risk of fire.

“We focus initially on rural properties close to towns as these are the ones that can make a big difference in reducing the spread of a bushfire from farms into towns,” said Mr Ryan.

“It’s been good to see so many fire breaks around rural properties and people clearing a radius around their home and sheds,” he said.

“The more we work together the safer our community will be.”

Along with preparing your property Mr Ryan said there are other ways to stay safe during the Fire Danger Period.

“If you haven’t already make sure you prepare an emergency plan so you know exactly what you’ll do in the event of a fire – what you’ll pack and when you’ll leave. Have a look on the CFA website for ideas,” he said.

“For regular updates make sure you download the VicEmergency app. And don’t forget to check your insurance – in the event of a bushfire you risk losing everything if you’re not covered.”

Image: Council’s Luke Ryan and Captain of the Taradale Fire Brigade Rob Schomacker prepare to head out on fire prevention inspections.

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