Act now - prepare yourself, family and property on the 18-19 October.
It's never too early to get ready for bush fires - but time is running out.
Use the Get Ready Weekend on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 October to make your Bush Fire Survival Plan and prepare your home.
Download the digital Get Ready Kit (ZIP, 6.7MB) for everything you need to get involved. It includes handy tools such as graphics and photos for social media, invites for your event, posters for printing, and an event guide.
We've got events happening in many communities across NSW so keep an eye out for activities near you. On Saturday 18th October you can also head down to your local Bunnings to pick up a list of top property preparation tips.
Work with your neighbours and talk about the fire risk in your area - and what you plan to do if there is a fire.
You can even have some fun - like organising a street party or get-together. Ask people to bring a plate or even the number one thing they would grab if there was a bush fire in your neighbourhood.
Getting ready for the bush fire season could be easier than you think. Even the little things can make a difference during a bush fire. Here are our top tips:
- Prepare your Bush Fire Survival Plan
- Clear leaves, sticks and other things that could burn from your gutters. Gutter guards are a good idea
- Prune shrubs and trees so they're not overhanging the home
- Rake up leaves and litter from your property
- Move firewood away from your home
- Keep your lawns mowed and your garden well maintained
- Keep things that can burn like flammable liquids in an enclosed area and not out in the open
- Make sure you've got a good hose that will reach all corners of your home.
- If you've got a water tank, pool or dam, get a Static Water Supply sign from your local NSW RFS so firefighters know there is another water source on the property
- Enclose underfloor areas and make sure there are no gaps or broken tiles in the roof - they can let in burning embers.
It doesn't take long, but these simple steps can make all the difference.
The Get Ready Weekend is a good start to being better prepared for bush fires.
The next step is action.
Planning a Get Ready event? We'd love to know how you're getting involved. Let us know!