November 1 is officially the beginning of the bushfire season, and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is urging everyone to be prepared for challenging summer conditions.
DFES Great Southern Superintendent Wayne Green said preparation is critical.
“Last season there were over 320 fires in the Great Southern, burning through more than 50,600 hectares,” Superintendent Green said.
“On a hot and windy day, it only takes one bushfire to spark and rapidly spread, potentially causing lifelong heartache.
“A bushfire can be one of most traumatic events you will experience in your life, with day turning to night, smoke burning your eyes and it sounding like the roar of a jet engine going over."
“DFES has developed a suite of tools to step people through their Fire Chat and the development of a bushfire survival plan.
“Anyone who lives near bushland needs to have a Fire Chat with their family and housemates to determine when you will know to leave, where you will go and which way you will go if you’re threatened by a bushfire.
“The single biggest killer is indecision - knowing what to do in a bushfire is vital.”
Other key tasks to prepare your property:
- Trim trees
- Cut long grass
- Clear gutters
- Remove any debris from around your home
- Pack an emergency kit
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au/prepare to download Fire Chat and create your bushfire plan today.