Six fire crews are at the scene of a grass fire burning near Pineapple St, Porter St and Archers Lookout, Gayndah.
Six fire crews are at the scene of a grass fire burning near Pineapple St, Porter St and Archers Lookout, Gayndah. Felicity Ripper

Five ways to be prepared this bushfire season

AS THE bushfire season approaches and dry conditions have increased the threat of fires starting and spreading, residents are urged to prepare their properties.

South Burnett rural fire inspector Marty Taylor said with the winds set to pick up during August, the bushfire threat will increase.

"That's generally the start of the bushfire season, around Ekka time,” he said.

There are several things a family can do to best protect their properties from bushfires.

1. Clean out the gutters

Clean out the gutters of the house, water tanks and sheds on your property.

2. Clean out flammable products

Clean out any flammable or combustible products around the house.

3. Cut lawns short

Try and make sure the lawns are cut as short as it is practical.

4. Put a bushfire action plan in place

Decide if you are going to flee or stay to defend your property in the case of a bushfire.

"If they're going to stay behind and defend, then they need make sure their equipment is adequate and tested,” Mr Taylor said.

5. Be bushfire smart

In the case of a bushfire in the area, residents should close their doors and windows and turn off air conditioning units to prevent smoke from entering their homes.

Those who suffer from a respiratory condition should keep medication close by.

Motorists should use caution and drive to conditions.

"If you see our volunteer crews working on the side of the road, slow down, give them plenty of room and try not to drive through smoke,” Mr Taylor said.

Residents should also always remain vigil and ring 000 in an emergency.

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