Fire Safety: Reduce, Remove, Remember

Published on Friday, 7 January 2022 at 2:00:00 PM

Image Credit: DFES, Preparing Your Property

For many of us with landholdings 15 November was the target date to have our properties ready for the bushfire season. This includes reducing fuel loads, and removing hazardous and flammable materials like tall grasses, dead limbs or trees, and ensuring your firebreak(s) are clear of debris.

Yet, as we know, grasses and weeds don’t stop growing just because it’s summer and even in rainy Bridgetown, dry grasses and weeds can spread fire from as early as October and as late into the season as May. Remember, keeping your property bushfire ready is a year-round requirement that contributes to the safety of our towns and communities.

So, it might be timely to take a walk through your property and see if it can use a little attention. Could you reduce the amount of machinery fuel you have in the back shed? Could the dead rosemary bush or knee-high grass be removed? Remember, the requirement to have active Firebreaks remains until 10 May.

The Firebreak and Fuel Hazard Reduction Notice came out with your Rates Notice and covers the work required to be undertaken for each category of land size and type.

Is your property bushfire ready? View the preparing your property checklist to find out.

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