Residents Urged to Prepare their Properties for Fire Season
Published on 06 October 2020
Moyne Shire Council is encouraging residents and property owners to prepare for fire and help limit its potential damage, ahead of the expected warmer weather.
Chief Executive Officer, Bill Millard said that good preparation can go a long way towards reducing the damage that a fire may cause and its impact on the community.
“Whilst our dedicated CFA volunteers and Emergency Services provide outstanding assistance, every member of the community has a role to play in fire prevention and preparation,” said Mr Millard.
“There are a few key tasks you can do to help reduce the risk of fire damage including keeping your grass short, moving wood piles away from the house, correctly storing flammables, getting rid of dry grass, twigs and bark and clearing out roof gutters.”
“Council strongly supports fire planning and preparation, ensuring that residents and property owners have a clear understanding of the measures to be undertaken in preparing their home and properties for fire season.”
Working closely with the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV), Council is helping to reduce roadside fuels and provides access to resources to help inform and protect its community against the impact of fires.
“To assist residents to identify potential fire hazards, Council officers will begin property inspections across the Shire and issue Fire Prevention Notices to property owners who need to carry out the necessary measures and help prevent the risk of fire.”
“Everyone needs to start cleaning up and preparing their properties for the season ahead, visit the CFA website for more advice and download the VicEmergency app to receive up-to-date information and local warnings,” Mr Millard said.
“Don’t wait until Summer to start preparing your property for fire season – now is the time to take steps to protect your home and family.”
The CFA website has resources available to assist residents in preparing their properties for fire. Visit https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare or contact your local CFA Regional Office.