After the driest winter in 15 years, NSW faces challenging conditions as bushfire season approaches.
Member for Wollondilly Jai Rowell has encouraged all residents who live near bushland and areas prone to grass fires to start preparing for the season ahead.
“Last summer we experienced some of the worst bushfire conditions on record,’’ he said.
“Unfortunately, a dry winter has followed, so we need to ensure households and families are prepared for the worst case scenario this summer,” Mr Rowell said.
In August more than 2,200 fires burned across NSW.
“It could save your lives.”
This weekend, September 16-17, the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) will host Get Ready Weekend at local brigades across the Wollondilly shire, offering vital fire safety information to residents.
When preparing for the bush fire danger period there are a few simple steps you can take to make sure you are fire ready, including:
· trimming overhanging trees and shrubs;
· mowing your lawn and removing all the cut grass;
· removing flammable materials from around your home (e.g. door mats, wood piles, mulch, leaves, paint, outdoor furniture);
· clearing and removing all the debris and leaves from gutters;
· ensuring you have a hose or hoses that can cover the perimeter of your home.
You can download a Bushfire Survival Plan at https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/resources/bush-fire-survival-plan