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Bushfire Survival Plans – the hottest trend this summer

Nationals MP’s across the state are working together with the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) to promote fire safety as we enter into an early bushfire season after one of the driest winters on record.

All residents are encouraged to update or create their Bushfire Survival Plan to ensure the safety of their families and the wider community.

The cooler months were unable to deliver the rainfall they normally promise, with low rainfalls from Bourke and Dubbo, to the sunny North Coast.  Due to these unseasonably dry conditions, many areas are now seeing the official start to the fire season brought forward.

Member for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis, encouraged all residents who live near bushland and areas prone to grass fire to start preparing for the season ahead.

“We have had the driest winter in over a decade so it is really important that families are prepared for what could be a dangerous summer,” he said.

It is essential that households discuss action plans, prepare their homes, and keep up to date with bush fire information and alerts.

Residents are able to visit their local RFS brigades to pick up vital fire safety information, and while there, can take the opportunity to thank our hardworking firefighters for keeping our communities safe.

Member for the Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall alerted locals to the challenging conditions our regions are currently facing and the need for preparation.

“I encourage households to update or create a Bushfire Survival Plan and make sure the whole family knows what to do when faced with a fire. It could save your lives,” he said.

Some simple, but important steps you can take to prepare for the bush fire danger period include:

  • Trimming overhanging trees and shrubs;
  • Mowing your lawn and removing all the cut grass;
  • Removing flammable materials from around your home (e.g. door mats, wood piles, mulch, leaves, paint, outdoor furniture);
  • Clearing and removing all the debris and leaves from gutters; and
  • Ensuring you have a hose or hoses that can cover the perimeter of your home

In an emergency, always call Triple Zero (000).

For more information about Bush Fire Survival Plans, please visit
https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/resources/bush-fire-survival-plan

For current updates on bushfire activity and Total Fire Bans, please download the ‘Fires Near Me’ app for iOS and Android.

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