Clean the clutter this Fire Action Week

Hume residents are being encouraged to take advantage of Council’s waste services throughout Fire Action Week (13 – 20 October) to help prepare their properties for the upcoming summer fire season.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Drew Jessop, said all residents, including renters, were eligible for tip passes throughout each year and should use these to clear homes of any fire hazards.

“Whether you live on the urban fringe or rural Hume, Fire Action Week is an ideal time to prepare to be as fire-ready as possible, as we head into the summer fire season,” Cr Jessop said.

“Along with a free yearly hard waste collection from home, Hume households are eligible for up to two free tip passes a year to dispose of hard rubbish at a Council waste facility.”

“Council urges residents to take advantage of these free services during Fire Action Week to clear the clutter and get rid of any potential hazards as the weather warms up.”

To assist in keeping Hume clean, residents can get free tarps to cover waste loads as they travel 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.

Cr Jessop said Hume officers would soon commence annual fire hazard inspections of properties and issue notices to property owners about the maintenance of their land.

“Council officers are conducting inspections and are issuing fire prevention notices to property owners about the maintenance of their property, including the removal of fire hazards and rubbish on their land,” Cr Jessop said.

“Residents in rural and urban fringe properties will receive additional information on the upcoming fire season and preparing properties for fire. This information will be sent out during October and November.”

Council officers will also carry out controlled burns in the coming weeks to help reduce the risk of fires spreading.

“Hume City Council is working in partnership with the State Government and the fire agencies to make our municipality fire ready,” Cr Jessop said.

“Fire Action Week is an important time 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 where in Hume you live.”

During Fire Action Week, follow some simple planning and preparation tips to make sure you're ready for the upcoming summer:

  • Plan what you'll do in the event of a fire, talk to your household and know where to access information on high risk days.
  • Keep grass short. Fire can ignite and travel quickly through long grass.
  • Get rid of dry grass, leaves, twigs and loose bark around your home.
  • Remove or prune shrubs near windows and under branches of mature trees.
  • Cut back overhanging tree branches close to property - no branches within 10 metres.
  • Keep gutters and roof areas clear of leaf litter (if you are physically able to).
  • Remove all materials from around the home that could burn, such as boxes, furniture and woodpiles.
  • Be prepared for power failure in extreme weather conditions. Read the Power Outage Guide.

For more information about Fire Action Week visit the CFA website

For more information about Hume City Council’s hard waste services click here.


Posted on 2:00 PM, 10 October 2017

Updated : 4:26 PM, 10 October 2017

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