Fire safety this summer
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
The Fire Danger Period started 10 December, and the CFA have announced that Victoria is expecting a higher than average risk of grassfires this season.
The Geelong municipality is surrounded by many large properties with grass knee high which poses a large threat this summer.
Grassfires can be just as dangerous as bushfires as they are fast moving, grass acts as a fine fuel and flames can reach 10 metres high.
Portfolio holder for Infrastructure, Parks and Gardens Cr Lindsay Ellis urges everyone to be careful over summer.
“As we are expecting a hotter summer it’s important to remember the only way to stay safe if you live in a high bushfire risk area is to leave the night before or the morning of a Code Red day or early in the morning of a Severe or Extreme day,” said Cr Ellis.
“Make sure you know what fire weather district you’re in, and check the Total Fire Ban and Fire Danger Rating for that district every single day over summer.”
“Listen to local radio stations and ABC 774AM for warnings, and lookout for one another.”
In strong winds embers can travel up to 35 kilometres in front of a fire, starting new fires.
Property owners must adhere to regulations, keeping grass maintained at no longer than 10cm high.
To keep informed of fire alerts and warnings please visit the CFA’s website or call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.
You can also speak to the City’s Fire Prevention Unit on 5272 5272.