Mudgee residents are being asked to prepare their properties in readiness for this year’s bushfire danger period, officially beginning on October 1 and lasting through to March.
Of course, you should take precautions to minimise and prepare for fire risks all year round, but as the weather heats up and plants start to dry out, there is a higher fire risk and local residents are urged to take the time to do what they can at their homes to ensure that they remain safe.
According to the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website, properties owners should perform the following home maintenance tasks before the bushfire season begins:
- Clean gutters of leaves and twigs
- Install metal gutter guards
- Repair damaged or missing tiles on the roof
- Install fine metal mesh screens on windows and doors
- Fit seals around doors and windows to eliminate gaps
- Enclose the areas under the house
- Repair or cover gaps in external walls
- Attach a fire sprinkler system to gutters
- Keep lawns short and gardens well maintained
- Cut back trees and shrubs overhanging buildings
- Clean up fallen leaves, twigs and debris around the property
- Have hoses long enough to reach around your house
- If you have a pool, tank or dam, put a Static Water Supply (SWS) sign on your property entrance, so firefighters know where they can get water
- Check and maintain adequate levels of home and contents insurance. Ensure it is up to date.
Also a reminder to Mudgee residents, when bushfire season begins you will need to obtain a permit to light a fire at your property. Permits can be obtained from the RFS brigade.
The team at Professionals Mudgee Real Estate do want to ensure that everyone in the region remains safe, so we also recommend that residents keep an eye on current fire danger warnings for the local area.
If you would like to find out any further information about how you can prepare you home for bushfire season then visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or contact the Rural Fire Service District office in Mudgee directly on 02 6372 4434.