Summer is here and while we enjoy the rise in temperatures, the warmer seasons also come with a heightened risk of fires and heat related illnesses.
The City of Casey is reminding residents of the simple things you should do to ensure you’re prepared and stay safe and healthy this season.
Be fire ready
Remember, you don't have to live in the country or amongst dense bushland to be at risk from fires.
Many parts of Casey are among or close to grassland, bushland, coastal scrub, parks and paddocks or you might be travelling to high risk areas.
It’s important to prepare your property for fire, but you also need to plan and prepare for your safety.
If you haven’t already done so, follow these simple steps to get yourself ready:
- Understand your risk and plan ahead. Know what to do on hot, dry, windy days and plan for all situations. Talk to your family and friends about how you’ll know when to leave, where you’ll go and how you’ll get there.
- Do you have family, friends or neighbours who may need help preparing for fires? Talk to them about when they will leave, where they will go and how you can help.
- You could be at serious risk of uncontrollable fires on Severe, Extreme and Code Red days. It’s up to each of us to stay informed. Check the Fire Danger Ratings daily and act to protect yourself and your family.
- Keep trees, overhanging branches and shrubs to a minimum near your home, particularly around and under windows. A big clean up before the fire season can make a huge difference to the safety and survival of your home in a bushfire.
To get prepared and informed this summer:
- Visit the Vic Emergency website
- Download the ‘VicEmergency’ app from the app store
- Follow ‘Vic Emergency’ on Facebook and Twitter
- Call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226