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.