Fire safety column | Wyndham
This is the first of what will be a regular monthly column from the Werribee Fire Department to remind you of the coming summer and what you can do to reduce the impact of the fire.
Werribee Brigade Community Education Officer Lt. Jim Staggard offers some practical steps you can take for your own safety.
Before summer :
• keep the area around your house clean and tidy;
• remove any excess grass and garbage from around your house;
• keep your lawns well mowed; and
• Clean your gutters of leaves and other objects that can burn.
The town of Wyndham is located in the central fire region.
Monitor the fire danger ratings for the Central region every night and morning during the summer months.
Have a fire plan for your home and property.
Most importantly, make sure the whole family knows what to do and most importantly, practice the plan with your kids.
Make sure you have working smoke detectors in your home.
If you live facing open meadows and a grass fire is approaching, close all your doors and windows and back up two streets from your street.
If you live in an area where you think it’s safer to evacuate, make the decision to leave early.
Keep a bag full of your valuables, including medications, snacks, water bottles, insurance documents, birth certificates, marriage certificates, and family photos
If you leave late, you may encounter heavy traffic and blocked roads.
More valuable information on fire plans and what to do before and during a fire can be found at www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare
Wyndham City Council Fire Prevention Officer Alan Leach writes:
Did you know that there are approximately 9,000 vacant lots in the Town of Wyndham?
A wetter than average spring resulted in strong grass growth on these properties.
It is essential that homeowners clear their grass blocks and trash before summer, not only to reduce the risk of fire, but just as important to preserving the appearance of our suburbs.
If you own a vacant lot, please arrange to have it cleared as soon as possible.
There are many local mowing contractors who can help you.
Just a reminder that burning in urban areas of the municipality is illegal and if you have waste to get rid of the town hall offers three free household waste collections per year for all residents.
The council can also provide a green bin for a small fee. Applications can be made via www.wyndham.vic.gov.au