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Fire prevention during Summer
Safely charging e-bikes and e-scooters
Electric micromobility devices such as e-bikes and e-scooters have the potential to become fire hazards if not properly charged. Please follow the below tips sourced from Origin Housing to reduce the risk to both people and property.
Practise safe charging
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and always unplug your charger when it has finished charging.
- Ensure there’s a working smoke alarm where the e-bike or e-scooter is being charged.
- Do not charge batteries overnight while you are asleep or away from home.
- Always use the approved manufacturer’s charger. Or buy an official replacement charger from a reputable seller.
- Do not cover chargers or battery packs when charging as this could lead to overheating.
- Do not charge batteries or store your e-bike or e-scooter near combustible or flammable materials.
- Do not overcharge the battery.
- Do not overload power outlets or use inappropriate extension cords.
Store your e-bike or e-scooter safely
- Do not store or charge your e-bike or e-scooter on escape routes or in communal areas. This could hamper people’s ability to escape in case of a fire.
- Avoid parking them in excessively hot or cold areas
- Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for storage and maintenance of the lithium-ion battery if it’s not going to be used for extended periods of time.
Dispose of lithium-ion batteries responsibly
- Dropping the batteries or crashing your e-bike or e-scooter can damage the batteries, causing them to overheat. Check your battery regularly for any signs of damage and replace it immediately if found to be defective.
- Do not dispose of damaged or end-of-life batteries in your household rubbish or recycling. When punctured or crushed, these batteries can cause fires in municipal garbage trucks and recycling facilities. Make use of any recycling service offered by the manufacturer or check with the Council for suitable recycling arrangements in your area.
Visit the CFA website
The Central Fire Authority (CFA) has important information about fires, including:
- total fire bans and fire danger ratings
- what to do before and during a fire
- help for elderly people and people with accessibility needs
Total fire ban days
A total fire ban day is declared by the CFA to reduce the likelihood of a fire starting and/or spreading on days when the weather is predicted to be extreme. The Total Fire Ban comes into force at midnight and lasts until the following midnight.
You must not light any fires, or allow them to remain alight, on days of total fire ban. This includes campfires or any barbecue fuelled by solid fuel such as wood, charcoal or briquettes. Find out what you can and can't do during a total fire ban.
Find out if a total fire ban is in force
The City of Casey is part of the Central Fire district. All of Victoria is divided into 9 fire districts.
To check if the Central district has a total fire ban:
- visit the CFA website
- call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 222 226
Fire danger period advisory signs
Fire danger period advisory signs are located at major road entrances to the municipality, and at other strategic locations. They are provided by Council to inform the community that the declared fire danger period is in force, and to highlight the restrictions on the use of fire throughout the municipality.
For locations of these signs, please refer to the Casey Municipal Fire Management Plan.
Neighbourhood and bushfire safer places
Some locations in high bushfire-risk areas have been identified as Neighbourhood Safer Places/Bushfire Places of Last Resort. These locations have been assessed by CFA and Council for their ability to provide some protection against radiant heat, one of the biggest killers in bushfires.
Despite the intense conditions likely to be experienced at a Neighbourhood Safer Place/Bushfire Place of Last Resort including strong winds, heat, noise, smoke and embers, they may provide some limited shelter to those under direct fire threat.
Locations in Casey
Neighbourhood safer places/bushfire places of last resort in Casey are:
- Blind Bight, Kestral Close & Petrel Close
- Endeavour Hills, Barry Simon Reserve (NE Corner) 10 Gleneagles Drive
- Junction Village, Recreation Reserve 1-3 Sherwood Rd
- Lysterfield South, Council Road Reserve (Melbourne Water Retarding Basin) 98 Churchill Park Drive
- Lysterfield South, Municipal Reserve Cnr Parkside Boulevard and Lake Park Court
- Narre Warren North, Municipal Reserve 100 Crawley Road (opposite Jack Robbie Court)
- Pearcedale, Recreation Reserve 720 Baxter-Tooradin Road (opposite Gracemere Court)
Find a full list of locations around Victoria on the CFA website.
Neighbourhood and bushfire safer places (last resort only)
We encourage you to have a Bushfire Survival Plan and to practise it. If you live in a high-risk area, plan to leave the night before on days of code red catastrophic fire danger. On days of severe or extreme fire danger, plan to leave early in the morning and plan ahead about where you can go.
Whilst Neighbourhood Safer Places/Bushfire Places of Last Resort may provide some protection, they should only ever be a last resort for you and your family.
The safety or survival of those who gather at Neighbourhood Safer Places/Bushfire Places of Last Resort is not guaranteed.
Community information guides
Community Information Guides - Bushfire (formerly known as Township Protection Plans) are a key source of information for the community. They are also an important tool to emphasise the shared responsibility between the community, fire services and local government.
Find the latest CFA Community Information Guides for your community.