Hume springs into action for Fire Action Week

Fire Action Week, 23-30 October, is Victoria’s annual fire planning and preparation week, and signals the start of the Summer Fire Campaign.
“Hume residents should use Fire Action Week as a time to be as fire-safe and as fire-ready as possible, so that lives can be protected and properties are well-maintained this fire season,” Hume City Council CEO Domenic Isola said.

A smoke detector battery exchange program is among a number of free Hume City Council initiatives which will help residents prepare their property during Fire Action Week 2016.

“To ensure smoke detectors are in working order, Hume City Council is conducting a free battery exchange program, where free 9 volt batteries will be available from our Customer Service Centres,” Mr Isola said.

“Simply bring in your old 9 volt batteries and Council will swap them for new ones and recycle the old ones for you.”

Fire Prevention officers will be inspecting vacant blocks in mid to late November and will issue fire prevention notices to landowners of blocks with fire hazards.

“Every property owner has a responsibility to maintain their land over fire season. We encourage all of Hume’s eligible rural landholders to use their free tip pass to clean up properties and remove fire hazards and rubbish in preparation for the fire season.”

Hume City Council residents are also able to get free tarps which can cover any waste loads on the way to the tip. Residents can obtain tarps by visiting Council Customer Service Centres in Broadmeadows, Craigieburn, Sunbury or at the gatehouses of the Sunbury and Campbellfield Resource Recovery centres.

“Hume City Council Council is working in partnership with the State Government and the fire agencies to make our municipality fire ready,” Mr Isola said.
“Fire Action Week is a great opportunity to find out more about the fire risk in your local area, talk to your family about how you will stay safe, develop your fire plan and decide well in advance what you will do to stay safe from fire no matter whether you live in a suburban or rural part of Hume City.”

Posted on 9:00 AM, 18 October 2016

Updated : 2:32 PM, 25 October 2016

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