Fire safety & prevention

Reduce the risk of fire

  • Clean up around the property prior to the summer
  • Prune trees, and cut vegetation before it dries off
  • Plant trees well clear of power lines
  • Keep the grass mown or grazed, especially around the house
  • Do not store any material or substance that could fuel a fire near the house
  • If you own an empty section, please keep the grass mown and clear of debris
  • Please take care when using mechanical mowing equipment as sparks from the equipment can ignite dry vegetation

Be prepared

  • Have a family plan to evacuate the property
  • Install smoke alarms in the house and check the batteries
  • Identify your property - clearly display your road/rapid number at the gate and at the house end of any shared accessway
  • Have a garden hose long enough to reach around the house connected to a tap at all times
  • Keep driveways and yards clear of obstructions to provide a clear path for vehicles
  • Know where the nearest fire fighting water supply is, and signpost access to the supply

Responsibility of property owners/occupiers

  • All property owners/occupiers have an obligation to keep their property free of fire hazards, i.e. long grass. Should Council consider your property to be a fire hazard, you will be required to remove that hazard and given one month to do so
  • Should the fire hazard not be removed in that time, then Council will engage a contractor to remove it and the cost will be forwarded to the property owner/occupier

Keep safe

  • Phone 111 to report any fire
  • Evacuate everyone from the property
  • Stay away from the fire