Bushfire Seasonal Checklist


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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