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MFB Prepares 36,000 Melbourne Homes for Summer Fires

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01 Dec 2011
MFB has undertaken a detailed risk assessment of urban areas within the Metropolitan Fire District and identified 36,000 homes that are at heightened risk from fire because of their proximity to parks or open land.

“You don’t normally think of Melbourne as being susceptible to bush or grass fires but we are fortunate to have a lot of park land right up to the CBD,” said MFB Chief Fire Officer Shane Wright.

“A detailed safety and awareness brochure has been developed and will be posted from 1 December to all the identified homes. We’ll also be getting the safety messages across using a range of social media and web based tools.”

CFO Wright said people who were most at risk were those with homes or work places backing on to bush, grassland, reserves, scrub, paddocks and parks with particular care needed for the very young and old, or those with disabilities and special needs.

“Everyone’s circumstances will differ but we should all understand and make preparations to manage their own individual fire risk.”

You can reduce the fire risk around your home by clearing out anything that could fuel a fire and preparing to take appropriate action:
• Make a list of maintenance tasks you need to do before summer.
• Plan possible relocation venues and routes to take for all family members especially children, the elderly and people with disabilities or medical conditions on days when the Fire Danger Rating is; “SEVERE” “EXTREME” or “CODE RED” (Relocation can be defined as going to a place of safety e.g. the Cinema, Shopping Centre or home of family/friend away from the high risk bushfire area on the day).
• You may need different plans for business/school days and weekends/public holidays.
• List necessities that you need to keep with you e.g. medicines, important documents, bank books, insurance papers, etc.
• List and gather the family valuables that you will take with you upon relocation
• Adults staying at home to defend their property must be physically and mentally prepared, suitably dressed and equipped with the following Personal Protection Kit: – Goggles, gloves, hat, boots, cotton trousers, long sleeved shirt and face mask – Metal buckets, hoses connected, rakes and shovels

Preparing your property:
• Clear grass and weeds from around your home to a minimum of 3 metres
• Clear gutters, roofs and down pipes
• Store anything flammable (e.g. firewood, rubbish, gas bottles) away from your home
• Make sure your garden hoses are long enough to reach all areas of your property
• Make sure mops and buckets are easily accessible

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