Victorians are being urged to prepare their properties as fire crews prepare for an earlier and longer fire season.
CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington said the fire danger period was fast approaching and burn-offs needed to be conducted soon.
“Across the state, we are witnessing low levels of rainfall and a build-up of fuel loads on the ground. These are conditions that could lead to a bad fire season,” he said.
“The best way to defend your homes is to prepare before the fire danger period begins. This includes cleaning up your gardens, your gutters and removing flammable waste from your yards.
“Many property owners dispose of this waste with a burn-off, but consider alternative methods such as mulching, chipping or taking green waste to a transfer station. Residents who wish to conduct burn-offs on their private properties need to follow some basic rules.
“Check weather conditions, monitor the wind, and follow local council laws and regulations. Before lighting up, register your burn-off.”
Chief Officer Warrington also highlighted the importance of communication.
“It is important that as well as registering your burn-offs, you notify your neighbours that they may see smoke,” he said.
“False alarms take CFA crews away from real emergencies, can increase the risk to the community and can be very frustrating for our crews, many of whom are volunteers. By registering your burn-off, any reports of smoke or fire will be cross-checked with the burn-off register to avoid unnecessary response of fire services.”
Landowners can register their burn-off with the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) by calling 1800 668 511 or emailing email@example.com
Keep your burn-off safe and legal:
- Check fire restrictions with your local council and register your burn on 1800 668 511
- Check and monitor weather conditions – particularly wind
- To avoid unnecessary calls to emergency services, notify your neighbours beforehand
- Leave a three metre fire break, free from flammable materials around the burn
- Have sufficient equipment and water to stop the fire spreading
- Never leave a burn-off unattended – stay for its entire duration
- If your burn-off gets out of control, call ‘000’ immediately
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