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10 September 2019

Are you Bushfire Ready

Are you Bushfire Ready

You don’t have to live in the bush to be threatened by bushfire − you just have to be close enough to be affected by burning material, embers and smoke.
All Queenslanders should be familiar with the official bushfire warnings levels and have a completed bushfire survival plan for action.
When there’s a bushfire in your area, it’s your responsibility to take notice, seek information, make decisions and act.

Structure
  • Clear leaves, twigs, bark and other debris from the roof and gutters.
  • Purchase and test the effectiveness of gutter plugs.
  • Enclose open areas under decks and floors.
  • Install fine steel wire mesh screens on all windows, doors, vents and weep holes.
  • Point LPG cylinder relief valves away from the house.
  • Conduct maintenance checks on pumps, generators and water systems.
  • Seal all gaps in external roof and wall cladding.
Access
  • Display a prominent house or lot number, in case it is required in an emergency.
  • Ensure there is adequate access to your property for fire trucks - 4 metres wide by 4 metres high, with a turn-around area.

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Vegetation
  • Reduce vegetation loads along the access path.
  • Mow your grass regularly.
  • Remove excess ground fuels and combustible material (long dry grass, dead leaves and branches).
  • Trim low-lying branches two metres from the ground surrounding your home.
 Personal
  • Check that you have sufficient personal protective clothing and equipment.
  • Relocate flammable items away from your home, including woodpiles, paper, boxes, crates, hanging baskets and garden furniture.
  • Check the first aid kit is fully stocked.
  • Make sure you have appropriate insurance for your home and vehicles.
  • More from Queensland Prepare for bushfire season Website
Attribute: Transcript from The State of Queensland as the source of the copyrighted material. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence (CC BY 4.0).

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