Simon says it’s time to be ready for bushfires

johnboy 2 December 2008 1

The Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, is worried that you’re all going to be too busy getting shickered this Christmas to prepare your properties for bushfires (OK, his exact words were: “Once Christmas day arrives we usually spend most of our time with loved ones, meaning bushfire preparations are not necessarily a high priority.“)

To that end here’s a list of homework he’d like to see completed before you start partying:

  • Preparing a household emergency plan. (Household emergency plan worksheets can be downloaded from or are available from Canberra Connect on 13 22 81);
  • Making the decision to stay and defend property during a bushfire or to go early;
  • Removing all leaf and tree matter from gutters and downpipes. Fitting metal leaf guard over gutters if possible.
  • Removing all leaf and tree matter from underneath decks;
  • Enclosing all open decks and floors if possible with non combustible or metal sheeting to stop fire embers from getting underneath homes; and,
  • Removing all combustible material such as tree branches, leaves, winter wood fire stockpiles away from homes to reduce the chances of it catching alight in a bushfire.

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One Response to Simon says it’s time to be ready for bushfires
poptop poptop 6:04 pm 02 Dec 08

Some hints from last time –

• Ensuren your hose is still long enough to squirt your house and garden should the firestorm head your way.
• Ensure you have appropriate cages etc to whisk your pets away. [Trying to find a shoebox strong enough for my two bluetongue lizards was a real pest in 2003]
• Have the chainsaw ready to bring down whatever nature-strip tree has been annoying you for the past XX years – the powers-that-be will understand if you bring down a tree during a bushfire emergency [really].
• If you retire to an evacuation centre – take your own toilet paper, pen, notepad and all your prescription medicine.

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