You can reduce the fire risk around your home by clearing out anything that could fuel a fire.
Things you can do to help include:
- regularly mowing the grass and raking up leaves
- removing weeds and pruning bushes and trees
- keeping garden beds moist through mulching or other non-flammable ground covers like pebbles
- regularly clearing leaves from gutters, roofs, downpipes and around the base of trees
- maintaining a well-watered lawn (complying with water restrictions)
- storing flammable or combustible materials such as woodpiles and rubbish away from your house
You can further prepare by:
- ensuring that your garden hoses are long enough to reach all areas of your property
- making sure that any fire hydrants near your home are accessible and unobstructed
- creating a personal protection kit (goggles, gloves, hat, boots and cotton trousers and long sleeved shirt)
- storing mops and buckets together
You can find more tips on reducing your risk of grass fire on the CFA's Grassfires page.
Our fire prevention program
Under the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 and Metropolitan Fire Brigades Act 1958, we have a legal obligation to ensure the community's risk associated with bushfire and grassfire is reduced.