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Reduce your grassfire and bushfire risk

Reduce your grassfire and bushfire risk

You are legally required to reduce the risk of fire in and around your property, and must ensure that all grass, weeds and scrub on your property are less than 10cm high.

You can reduce the fire risk around your home by clearing out anything that could fuel a fire.

Things you can do to help include:

  • regularly mowing the grass and raking up leaves
  • removing weeds and pruning bushes and trees
  • keeping garden beds moist through mulching or other non-flammable ground covers like pebbles
  • regularly clearing leaves from gutters, roofs, downpipes and around the base of trees
  • maintaining a well-watered lawn (complying with water restrictions)
  • storing flammable or combustible materials such as woodpiles and rubbish away from your house

You can further prepare by:

  • ensuring that your garden hoses are long enough to reach all areas of your property
  • making sure that any fire hydrants near your home are accessible and unobstructed
  • creating a personal protection kit (goggles, gloves, hat, boots and cotton trousers and long sleeved shirt)
  • storing mops and buckets together

You can find more tips on reducing your risk of grass fire on the CFA's Grassfires page.