Fire preparation and risk reduction

Bushfire burning on the coast of Australia

It's really important you keep your property clean and fire-ready during summer.

For up-to-date information about preparing for fire, visit the Country Fire Authority (CFA) website.

What you can do to prepare

Plan ahead

Have a plan to outline what you and your family will do on a high fire risk day. Visit our household emergency plan page to learn more about how to prepare yours.

Clean up your property

There are a number of things you can do to reduce the risk of fire damage to your property, such as:

  • keep grass cut
  • clean leaves from your gutters
  • remove dead undergrowth and fallen branches
  • reduce fire fuel from around your home – such as long, dry grass and fallen leaves and twigs
  • check for potential fire hazards, including:
  • firewood
  • household junk stored under carports or eaves
  • pot plants and hanging baskets
  • bushes against the house
  • vines on the house
  • surrounding structures: decks, pergolas
  • garden furniture and
  • under-house items

What we do to reduce fire risk 

Our officers take precautions year-round to reduce fire risk. We will:

  • regularly inspect properties
  • issue fire prevention notices to non-compliant landowners
  • fire preparations for our reserves
  • review Emergency Management and Fire Prevention Plans and
  • promote better fire awareness.

Are you prepared?

Leaving early before a fire starts is the safest option in areas of high bushfire risk, especially if you or people you care for are frail, elderly, or have a disability. It's also safer to leave early if you have pets. 

Staying to defend your home can put you at risk of injury or death. If you decide to defend your property, make sure you are well prepared.

For more information or if you require this information in another language, please visit the CFA Translated website.

Look after your health

There are a number of resources available from the Victorian Government to help you look after yourself in a fire event or in a fire-affected area. These are available in multiple languages and address issues such as:

  • stress
  • trauma
  • smoke and
  • other issues.
Last updated: 11 April 2024 - 12:36pm