Of course, you should take precautions to minimise and prepare for fire risks all year round, but as the weather heats up and plants start to dry out, there is a higher fire risk and local residents are urged to take the time to do what they can at their homes to ensure that they remain safe.
Emergency services are forecasting that this year’s ﬁre season may start sooner and be more severe than in previous years and as a result, Moorabool Shire Council’s Municipal Fire Prevention Ofﬁcer will shortly begin the annual inspections for ﬁre hazards on properties within Moorabool.
Local residents are encouraged to prepare a ﬁre plan and talk to about what you and your family would do in a fire emergency.
Some actions you might like to take around your property include (from the Moorabool Council):
– Service and repair lawnmowers and brush cutters.
– Keep grass short – no more than 10 centimetres high.
– Make space between plants and trees.
– Clear fallen leaves and twigs from around your property on regular intervals.
– Remove rubbish and built up fuels.
– Clear gutters of built up leaves and twigs.
– Establish and maintain ﬁrebreaks throughout the year and consider working in conjunction with neighbours to reduce the risk on adjoining properties.
A year round maintenance program for your property is the best way to be prepared. If you have any questions then you should contact Council’s Municipal Fire Prevention Ofﬁcer or visit the CFA website at www.cfa.vic.gov.au for further property preparation advice.