Fire Action Week: Plan and Prepare

This year, Fire Action Week will start on Friday 13 October and end on Friday 20 October 2017.

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The Bushfire Natural Hazards CRC Seasonal Outlook has predicted an ‘above normal’ fire season for Victoria. It also predicted an early start to the fire season in some parts of Victoria.

Traditionally, Victoria's worst period for fire is in January and February. This is something fire agencies are aware of and are continuing to plan for.

This Fire Action Week, prepare yourself, your family and your property for fire. 

Fire Action Checklist

Complete this Fire Action Checklist to ensure that you are fully prepared for the upcoming summer.

DO: Follow this CFA guide to prepare your property.

DO: Attend a Fire Ready event this Fire Action Week. Check the CFA website for more information about these events.

DO: Make sure all home smoke detectors are working. See below for information on Hume's Home Alarm Battery Swap program.

DO: Ensure your property is adequately insured. Consider the cost of replacing any outbuildings and fencing, as well as your home. Find out more information at www.insureit.vic.gov.au.

DO: Make sure a fire truck can access your property. Narrow gates, overhanging trees and uneven ground can mean that a fire truck may not be able to get into your property in the event of a fire. Trucks are usually 3m tall, 3m wide and 8m long.

DO: Have a written fire plan, and discuss with your whole family

DO: Make sure your water tank, if you have one, is fitted with CFA compliant fittings, so the fire brigade can access water if they need to. Any water used to fight a fire will be replaced after the emergency has passed.

DO: Ensure pets are easily identified and registered to increase their chance of being reunited with you, if they become separated due to fire.

DO: Identify family, friends or neighbours who need help preparing to leave early (e.g. the elderly or disabled).Talk to them about when they’re going to leave, where they’re going to go, and how you can help.

DO: Download the VicEmergency App on your smartphone for real-time notifications in case of fire.

DO: Have important documents, photos and medications stored somewhere safe. Remember, you might not be at home when a fire starts, so consider storing them with a trusted friend or relative.

DO: Have an emergency kit prepared.

DO: Keep an eye out for suspicious or reckless activity. More than three-quarters of bush and grassfires in Victoria are deliberately lit or caused by reckless behaviour such as operating machinery near bush or grassland or losing control of a campfire.

DO: Assist friends or relatives speak a language other than English to understand what they need to do to prepare for fire season. The CFA provides information in 32 languages other than English.

Grassfires in rural Hume or urban fringe

If you live or work close to grassland, parks or paddocks (on the outskirts of Melbourne or a regional centre), you could be at risk of fire this summer. For your safety, you need to understand your risk and have a plan. Know what to do on hot, dry, windy days and plan for all situations.

Grassfires can start and spread quickly, especially on days when the Fire Danger Rating is Severe, Extreme or Code Red. Fire Danger Ratings tell you how dangerous a fire would be if one started. As the ratings increase, so does the risk of uncontrollable fire.

Talk to the people you live with before summer, decide on your plan and make sure you all know what to do when the Fire Danger Rating is Severe, Extreme or Code Red.

If you live right next to grassland and a grassfire starts, walk at least two streets back from the fire to stay safe and monitor conditions. If you live two or three streets away from grassland and a grassfire starts, stay where you are. Grassfires are unlikely to spread into built up areas.

Never drive if you can see smoke or fire. Thick smoke will make it hard to see and traffic jams and accidents are likely. You need to keep roads clear for emergency services.

Remember, you won’t always receive a warning or be told what to do if a fire starts. Don’t wait and see, it’s up to you to be prepared, know what to do and take action.

Finally, don’t try and get a closer look at a grassfire, fires can move very quickly and all fires can threaten lives – you will put yourself and others in danger. 

 

Council Activities during Fire Action Week

During Fire Action Week, Council will:

  • Contact rural and urban fringe landholders by mail with assistance in preparing properties.
  • Swap used smoke alarm batteries for new batteries at any of our Customer Service Centres (proof of Hume residency required).
  • Conduct or support other agencies in conducting community education events.
  • Inspect private properties as part of out Fire Hazard program.

 

 


Updated : 2:42 PM, 26 October 2017

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