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Annual fire hazard inspections start 1 December 2022 in Baw Baw Shire Council
Baw Baw Shire Council begins annual Fire Hazard Inspections across Shire.
From 1 December council will undertake its annual Fire Hazard Inspection Program across Baw Baw Shire, encouraging residents and property owners to reduce fuel loads in and around their properties and help minimise bushfire risk for the upcoming fire season. In line with CFA guidelines, the annual inspection program sees council assess properties across the Shire to ensure they do not pose a risk to community safety. Where necessary Fire Prevention Notices may be issued to properties deemed a fire risk.
Fire Hazard Inspection Program aims to reduce bushfire risk to the community, reduce fire spread and intensity in the event of a bushfire and fulfil relevant legislative obligations
Understanding our obligations
Fire Prevention Notices direct property owners or occupiers to remove or clean up vegetation or other combustible materials on their land. To help community members understand their obligations and make necessary preparations, an FAQ has been provided on council's website.
The best way to minimise fire risk is by reducing fuel loads from around the property. This includes tidying leaves, twigs, bark and other undergrowth, and cutting long grass and weeds, and overgrown vegetation that can pose a risk. Any additional green waste can be disposed of at one of council's transfer stations.
Due to heavy rainfall and lower temperatures, CFA have not yet declared the fire danger period for Baw Baw Shire. CFA is issuing a timely reminder to communities to clean up their properties and plan for what their family would do in the event of a bushfire.
Keeping our safety
Assistant Chief Fire Officer for CFA District 9, Trevor Roberts, stresses the importance of listening to CFA advice around preparing properties and planning for bushfires. ACFO Roberts continues to remind communities not to expect a fire truck at every house during a large-scale bushfire event and encourages us that we all play a key role in keeping ourselves and others safe.
For more information about the Fire Danger Period, including the restriction dates as they are announced, please visit the CFA website.
Help reduce bushfire risk
Mayor Cr Annemarie McCabe said, "As the summer season approaches, it is very important that everyone in our community is aware of their responsibilities in helping reduce the risk of a potential bushfire."
"We're asking residents and property owners across Baw Baw to inspect their properties and remove any excess fuel loads in and around the home that could be deemed a potential fire risk."
Council's Emergency Management Team and the CFA are happy to provide our residents and property owners with advice to help them prepare for the upcoming Fire Danger Period." Mayor McCabe said.
Pictures from Baw Baw shire Council Facebook page.
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