We live in a bushfire risk area, so over summer we can naturally expect to have many high risk days that can place pressure on you, your family and your home.
One of the most important things you should do is prepare a clear Bushfire Safety Plan … and before the fire season begin is the time to start putting your plans into place
Bushfires are survivable, as long as individuals and communities take responsibility for their own fire safety.
EVERY HOME IS DIFFERENT, which is why every family needs to develop an individual fire plan. What is right for your neighbour may be wrong for you. You must be confident that you are making the best possible decision for the safety of yourself and your family, and the survival of your property. If you have planned ahead and followed through with good preparations, your risks will be lowered.
The first and most important decision you must make is to decide whether your Bushfire Safety Plan is 'Plan to Stay' or 'Plan to Go' in the event of a fire. You have a right to stay if you wish. The decision to evacuate is yours.
Once you have made your plan, you then need to prepare for it. A well thought out Bushfire Safety Plan should address all majore issues. Everyone in the household know the plan and what their roles are.
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Whether you plan to stay or go, it is essential that your home is prepared as well as possible to withstand a bush or grass fire. If you ignore the need to reduce ground fuel prior to, and during, the Fire Danger period, you may endanger not only your property, but the lives and property of your neighbours.
COMMUNITY FIREGUARD GROUPS
This is a community education program designed to reduce the loss of lives and homes in bushfires. It is a good way of learning more about bushfire.
The basis for the program is that many people may have to face a fire without the immediate protection of the CFA, which cannot guarantee that every person and home in a large area with individual protection during a major bushfire.
The program helps people develop strategies which are simple, inexpensive and effective