Bushfire Seasonal Checklist

WINTER

  • Remove dead vegetation from around the home and prune lower limbs of trees
  • Obtain Council permit to burn off garden waste, or dispose of the material through mulching, or at a Council Waste Transfer Station
  • Ember-proof the home, eg check roof space for loose tiles and gaps and repair as necessary

SPRING

  • Slash or mow long grass and remove cut material (unless it can rot down before summer)
  • Remove weeds around sheds and fences
  • Cut back trees overhanging the roof
  • Remove fallen branches and other debris
  • Check and service all mechanical equipment, including grass cutters, water pumps, sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers
  • Remove leaves from gutters
  • Review and update your Bushfire Survival Plan

 SUMMER

  • Maintain a 20-metre fuel reduction zone around your home (greater if on a slope)
  • Clear around trees
  • Remove leaves from the gutters
  • Slash stubble near sheds/buildings
  • Check reserve water supplies
  • Rehearse your Bushfire Survival Plan with your family
  • Prepare evacuation kit
  • Ensure you have a portable battery-powered radio to hear bushfire warnings
  • Monitor fire restrictions

 AUTUMN

  • Remove undergrowth and dead vegetation
  • Seek Council permission for a burn-off
  • Check for any fire hazards and remove

Principal Office
Mount Gambier

324 Commercial Street West

PO Box 724

Mount Gambier SA 5290

Port MacDonnell
Community Complex

5 Charles Street

Port MacDonnell SA 5291

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