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PREPARE YOUR PROPERTY
Ensure the area surrounding your home is as clear of fire
risks as possible. This means removing fuels and chemicals,
mowing grass, raking leaves and removing branches.
Aim to surround the perimeter of your house with
driveways, pools, mown lawns and gravelled areas to help
minimise the spread of fire. Keep your driveway access
clear for fire tankers.
If you have a pump connected to your dam, you should
make sure it does not rely on electricity for operation. It is
also recommended that you speak with your insurance
company to enure your fences are covered for fire damage.
In the event of a fire, remove all garden furniture , doormats
and other loose items from near the house, block
downpipes and fill gutter s with water, check your water
supplies and fill additional container s if necessar y, and be
sure to patrol your proper ty for any ember s.
PREPARE YOUR HOME
Keeping your home well maintained will give it a greater chance
of sur viving a fire.
Woodpiles should be moved away from your home and
gutters should be cleared of leaves. Flammable items such as
papers, boxes and crates should also be cleared from your
house.You may wish to install a sprinkler system on your roof
in preparation for the fire season.
If your house is threatened by fire, dampen the area around
your house. Air flow into the house should be minimised,
meaning windows and doors should be shut, external vents
should be covered and weather stripping placed around doors
and windows. You should also move furniture away from
windows, place wet blankets and towels around window and
door edges, and fill your bath and buckets with water.
PREPARE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
Ensure your family is wearing protective clothing. This
includes long-sleeved overalls or a long-sleeved shir t and
pants (natural fibre clothing is best), broad-brimmed hats,
enclosed leather shoes, goggles, gloves and a facemask
DURING A FIRE
Make sure you go inside once it is too hot outside -- you
will be protected from radiant heat when inside your
home. Be sure to take all fire fighting equipment with you
and if you find any burning ember s inside , extinguish them
Once the fire has passed and it is safe, you should water
down the outside of your house and extinguish any burning
Residents are reminded there is to be no
burning, even with a permit, on days declared
as a total fire ban.
For more information about fire prevention, please call
Council's Compliance Unit on 5366 7100 or your local
WHAT IFYOU DON'T STAY AT HOME?
Community Respite Centres
On days of declared, severe, extreme or catastrophic fire
danger the community message was to leave early and
relocate from high fire risk areas to lower fire risk locations.
Council will open a Community Respite Centre on these
days for residents leaving early. It is impor tant to note that
the Respite Centre IS NOT a Relief Centre.
The Respite Centres will be open at either, or both, the
Ballan Mechanics Institute, 143 Inglis Street, Ballan or the
Bacchus Mar sh Town Hall, 197 Main Street, Bacchus Mar sh.
The Centre will be open from 8am until 6pm and will
provide basic refreshments and a place for people to go
when leaving early.
However, residents leaving early are strongly encouraged
to make plans to relocate to family or friends, as only basic
facilities will be able to be provided at the Respite Centres.
EMERGENCY RELIEF CENTRE
If there is a fire nearby and your family has decided to leave
the area, an emergency relief centre will be in operation at
a location determined by Council for you to visit.
A relief centre is a large community building which ser ves
as a first point of call for community members who are
evacuating as a result of an emergency. It can become
active as a result of any emergency.
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