Summer is fast approaching, and for most of us it means beach trips and BBQs with friends. It also brings much hotter weather and the chance of bushfires.
South Australians are being encouraged to prepare their homes, properties, and families ahead of this year’s bushfire season, as the CFS launches its ‘Be Bushfire Ready’ month.
It’s important the community prepare a five-minute bushfire plan – not forgetting to include their pets and livestock, prepare an emergency kit, and begin clearing their properties before it’s too late.
This year’s seasonal bushfire outlook suggests an average fire season in South Australia. However, the potential of fast-moving grass fires in remote areas of the state remain a significant concern.
CFS Chief Officer Mark Jones said it only takes one bad day paired with the right conditions for a fire to pose risk to life and property. “The potential for fast moving grass fires remains a significant concern this season, and the community need to prepare their properties now,” Mr Jones said.
“Already, we’ve seen our firefighters respond the state’s first big grass fire of the season at Parawa, which happened on just the second day of spring.
“It’s important South Australians know the risks in their area and that they’re prepared. This means having a five-minute bushfire plan, ensuring their properties are prepared and knowing how to stay informed.”
Minister for Emergency Services Vincent Tarzia said the October long weekend provides the perfect opportunity to prepare. “I cannot stress enough just how crucial careful planning is as we approach the bushfire season. There is no such thing as being too prepared,” Minister Tarzia said.
“Strategic prescribed burns are already underway across the state to further build on South Australia’s bushfire resilience, but I urge the community to evaluate their own properties and act now.
“Clearing shrubs from your property perimeter and clean, unblocked gutters can be the difference between having, and not having, a home to return to after a bushfire.
“Please also download the Alert SA App – it may save your life during a bushfire emergency and was vital during the tragic 2019/20 summer as a reliable source of information for tens of thousands of South Australians.”
Find out more at the CFS website.