Preparing for Bushfires

It’s that time of year where we’re getting very hot days here in Bacchus Marsh, and that unfortunately also means that we need to be prepared for bush fire season.

In Victoria especially, we know how dangerous the bush fire season can be with last year’s Victorian Bushfires being the worst natural disaster that we’ve ever seen here. If everybody takes the right precautions though, this year we can help to protect not only our homes, but each other’s lives as well.
 
Some of the things that we should all remember to do this summer for those who live in bushfire prone areas are:
 
  • Clean any leaves and garbage away from your lawns regularly and keep the lawn generally tidy
  • Choose plant trees and shrubs that are less likely to ignite (they will have a lower oil content)
  • Fit metal leaf guards and also fit metal fly screens on windows and doors (not plastic)
  • Make sure that any flammable material is kept well away from your house, for example woodpiles and also make sure that they are kept covered when not in use
  • Make sure that you have access to a garden hose that is adequate and will reach the entire perimeter of your property
  • Make sure that you have easy access to a fire hydrant and there is no obstructions in the way
It is also crucial that we all listen out for fire warnings and on Total Fire Ban Days we all do the right thing and follow regulations about having barbeques and open fires. We should also make sure that we have an evacuation plan in place.
 
Whilst preparing your home for fires is no guarantee that you won’t be affected, it will definitely help to reduce your home’s risk and increase your chances of survival in event of the worst case scenario. What I’ve mentioned is only the basics of what you should do to keep your home and yourself safe though, so I really encourage you to get onto the CFA website and learn more about how you can protect yourself against bushfires this year.
 
Let’s hope that this year we can all enjoy these hot summer days without the risk of fires, and I hope that everyone has a safe and happy holidays!