Prepare for fire season

WITH bushfire season just around the corner, Lockyer Valley Regional Council is urging landholders to prepare their properties to reduce the risks.

High fire danger ratings around Brisbane, south-west and northern Queensland are expected until Friday.

Lockyer Valley Mayor Cr Steve Jones said now was the time for residents and landholders to start to prepare their properties to minimise the impacts of a bushfire.

“With the increased winds and dry conditions over the coming days, it's important residents do everything they can to make sure they are prepared,” Cr Jones said.

The following advice is from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service:

Before the fire season, display a prominent house number or other identifier, make sure fire trucks can get onto your property, make sure things that can burn are well away from the house (e.g. garden mulch, wood piles, boxes, garden furniture, cans of fuel, rubbish bins, etc), create low fuel areas with driveways, paths, gravelled areas and lawns close to house, remove, cut or mow bushes, grass and weeds around sheds, fences and gates for at least 20 metres from house, clear any overhanging branches, clean gutters, install screens or shutters on all windows and doors, protect under floor spaces with non-combustible sheeting or mesh, make sure that external house timbers have a good coat of paint and point LPG cylinder relief valves away from the house.

For more information about preparing for bushfire season can be found by visiting ruralfire.qld.gov.au


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