The Rural Fire Service has declared the 2014 bushfire season as an “above normal” bushfire season, due to the low rainfall and high temperatures predicted. Authorities recommend property owners to prepare their home for the upcoming summer without delay.
The record breaking amounts of rain during winter have also caused concern to the Rural Fire Service who are worried that the bush surrounding the city has a higher density than normal. Meteorologists are predicting higher than average temperatures for New South Wales in Summer 2014.
The New South Wales Rural Fire Service recommends property owners to download and complete a Bushfire Survival Plan without delay.
How To Prepare Your Property
Prepare your bushfire survival plan
Clean gutters, roofs and downpipes from leaves and debris
Mow your lawn regularly
Install fine steel wire mesh screen on all windows and doors
Cut down any overhanging and low branches up to two meters off the ground and prune shrubs
Point the valves on LPG cylinders away from the house, so that potential flames are not directed towards your property
Remove excess combustible material from your property
Install high quality aluminium gutter guards
What To Do During A Bushfire
Keep the radio on and pay attention
Close all doors, windows and entrances
Use wet towels to block the spaces under doors and windows
Fill up your bathtub and buckets in readiness to fight embers and spot fires
Prepare your firefighting equipment
Use gutter blocks and fill your roof gutters with water
Patrol the outside of your home putting out any embers or spot fires
Use a hose to wet any timber patios, decking and verandahs
Bring pets inside and keep them in one room
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