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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.

 

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