With the 2016-17 Bush Fire Danger Period declared in 26 local government areas across the State, property owners need to minimise fire risk around homes and farms. The NSW Rural Fire Service was expecting above average bushfire activity this season. “Basic things such as mowing lawns regularly, clearing any leaves and debris from
gutters and ensuring wood piles are stored away from homes can help to protect your property from fire,” said regional manager Essential Energy, Mark Summers.
Download and complete a Bushfire Survival Plan and Farm FireWise Checklist from the Rural Fire Service website at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au. “We recommend vegetation be kept at least 15m clear from powerlines. If you notice any potential hazards contact Essential Energy for a safety assessment before attempting any trimming.” Keep your mobile charged during high risk days and consider access to back-up power if there is a need to pump water.
In the event of a bushfire, watch out for damaged infrastructure, burning poles and fallen powerlines. Keep at least 8m away from fallen lines and call Essential Energy immediately on 13 20 80.