Be prepared this fire season
THE Queensland Fire and Emergency Services wants you to stay safe this fire season.
They have put together a bushfire survival plan so you and your family can be prepared before bushfire strikes.
This information is extremely important as fires continue to blaze through many parts of the South Burnett.
While our firefighters are doing an exceptional job in keeping our region safe, it is important that you are prepared to keep your home and your loved ones safe.
Prepare for bushfire season
Clear leaves, twigs and bark from roof and gutters
Purchase and test the effectiveness of gutter plugs.
Display a prominent house or lot number, in case it is required in an emergency.
Mow your grass regularly.
Will you leave early?
If you plan to leave early, then you must leave your home well before a bushfire threatens and travelling by road becomes hazardous.
Move cars to a safe location
Remove garden furniture, door mats and other items
Close windows and doors and shut blinds
Will you stay?
Preparation is the key to survival. Being involved in a fire will be one of the most traumatic experiences of your life.
You will need to be mentally and physically ready and you will need to have a plan.
Prepare a Bushfire Emergency Kit so you will be equipped to extinguish small fires and have basic protection from heat, smoke and flames.
Tune into warnings
Don't assume you'll receive a warning as a fire approaches and don't assume a fire crew will be available to assist every home.
It's up to you to monitor conditions, know what the Fire Danger Rating is each day and to tune in to local media including radio, newspapers, social media and websites.
For more information go to the www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/ website.