Making your home safer during bushfire season

We should all spare a thought for our local firefighters and volunteers who have been out working tirelessly in the heat to help get the Wuuluman fire, burning between Wellington and Mudgee to the west of the Cudgegong River, contained.

The good news is that the fire is reportedly now under control, but with hot conditions set to continue in Mudgee this summer it’s important that we all continue to monitor local weather conditions and have a bushfire survival plan in place should any further fire events take place.

There is a fantastic guide to creating a bushfire survival plan at the NSW Rural Fire Service website. The guide outlines what you and your family should do in the event of a nearby fire.

It is extremely important to discuss your bushfire survival plan with all members of your household so you’re all in agreement about what to do in the event of a fire.

Some important points to consider is whether you will all stay or leave as early as possible (the safest option) and what you will do to prepare in each scenario.

The full guide can be found at the following link – www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/bush-fire-survival-plan.

Don’t forget to take actions to prepare your Mudgee property and help keep it safe too.

The top five actions you can do at your home before and during bushfire season include:

  1. Trim overhanging trees and shrubs to help prevent fires spreading to your home.
  1. Mow grass and remove the cuttings. Keep the area around your home clear and well maintained.
  1. Remove material that can burn around your home such as doormats, woodpiles, mulch, leaves, paint and outdoor furniture etc.
  1. Clear and remove debris and leaves from gutters surrounding your home.
  1. Prepare a sturdy hose or hoses that will reach all around your home. Make sure you’ve got a reliable source of water.

Further information about preparing your property during bushfire season is also available at the above link.

We hope that the heat settles down soon, but remember to stay safe and keep an eye on the NSW Rural Fire Service Facebook page to stay up-to-date with any local weather events or warnings.

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