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Preparing for the fire season
It's your responsibility
Whether you own or lease, you are legally required
to manage fire risks on your property.
You must ensure it is clean and free of any debris,
flammable material, long grass or other vegetation
that could pose a fire hazard.
This requirement covers residential properties,
commercial properties and vacant land, including
In Victoria, the obligations of Council and
individuals in the prevention of bushfires and
the management of fire risk are legislated in the
Country Fire Authority (CFA) Act 1958.
Your personal fire safety
Of course, your fire safety preparedness would be
incomplete without a personal bushfire survival
plan. It's important your plan is written, practiced
and understood by all household members.
Making a survival plan could be the most
important thing you ever do.
The CFA FireReady Kit has a step-by-step guide and
templates to help you prepare a personal bushfire
survival plan for your household. There is also free
advice, workshops and an online tool to help you
assess and manage bushfire risk on your property.
Be Fire Ready this Summer
YOUR FIRE HAZARD REDUCTION CHECKLIST
Cut any long grass so that it is no higher
than 100mm and maintain it at that
height throughout the fire season.
This includes maintaining your nature strip
to the gutter, either by mowing or removing
any excess vegetation that could pose a
Remove any noxious and environmental weeds
from your property, including highly flammable
Trim excess vegetation, including overhanging
branches, along driveways and firebreaks to
ensure easy access for fire fighting appliances.
As a guide, the Country Fire Authority requires
minimum clearance of 4 metres wide x 4 metres
Remove flammable material on or around
your home, including cleaning out gutters
Clear away dead undergrowth and fallen
branches, and ensure that any firewood
or timber is stored well away from your
home and outbuildings.
As a general rule, the on-ground mulch or
leaf layer should be no more than 2cm thick.
Make sure your property is clearly numbered
so that it can be found quickly and easily by
Free Green Waste Disposal
In Fire Action Week, the City of Ballarat
is offering all residents free green waste
Saturday 17 to Sunday
25 November, 2012
Up to three cubic metres
of green waste may be
dropped off at no charge
Transfer Station, Gillies
Street South, Ballarat.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday:
8am to 4pm and
weekends: 10am to 4pm
Want to know more?
Call Customer Service at 5320 5500
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