Now is the time to prepare your property for the coming bushfire season.
There are a few safety measures you can take around your home to ensure your property is ready to endure the threat of fire.
Keep on top of these tasks throughout the year so you are not faced with an overwhelming task come bushfire season.
Maintain mature trees; they can help shield against radiant heat and embers. They must be strategically located and well managed.
Remove flammable items from decks and verandahs. Flammable items include boxes, furniture and doormats.
Keep grass cut to less than 10cm. Fire can ignite and travel quickly through long grass.
Keep wood piles away from the house. Stray fire embers can easily ignite wood piles.
Store flammable liquids away from the house. Where possible, store in flame-proof containers.
Remove dry grass, leaves, twigs and loose bark.
Prune lower branches of shrubs to separate the upper branches from surface fuels underneath. Prune shrubs well away from the branches of mature trees.
Cut back overhanging tree branches close to property; no branches should be within 10m of structures.
Do not have large shrubs next to or under windows.
Use pebbles and rocks in your garden (not flammable mulch).
Keep gutters and roof areas clear of leaf litter.
Information sourced from www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare