Prepare for the next fire season now

Since our last devastating bushfire season of 2019 – 2020 we have put together a list of things you can do during the cooler months to prepare for next summer. Given the current epidemic, resources may be limited by the time summer comes around so being vigilant now will pay off.

• Remove any overhanging branches from power lines
• Ensure that fire trucks can access your property
• Clear fire breaks along paddock boundaries
• Store petrol, diesel, and gas away from your home
• Keep a well-maintained area around the home and sheds
• Place water pipes from dams underground and install a pump to the house
• Make sure hoses have spray nozzles and prepare a sturdy hose or hoses that will reach all-around your home. Make sure you’ve got a reliable source of water
• Keep water tanks full and connect them to pumps
• Move garden beds away from your house
• Install metal fly screens on all windows and vents
• Install metal gutter guards
• Remove material that can burn around your home (e.g. wood piles, mulch, leaves, paint, outdoor furniture)
• Clear and remove all the debris and leaves from the gutters surrounding your home
• Mow grass and weeds and remove the cuttings. Have a cleared area around your home

A very important piece of equipment to have is an IBC tank with a pump. You can buy these quite cheaply second-hand. These can be very useful to help put out spot fires. They can be placed on the back of a ute full of water with the pump connected. During the last fire season, IBC tanks were near impossible to acquire. Some sellers were inflating prices by over 100%.

In a bush fire, it’s important that you stay up to date on conditions in your area. The NSW Rural Fire Service strongly advises saving these numbers, links, and apps now.

• In an emergency call Triple Zero (000) For information on bush fire, call the Bush Fire Information Line 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737)
• NSW Rural Fire Service Website: rfs.nsw.gov.au Fire Danger Ratings: rfs.nsw.gov.au/fdr
• ‘Fires Near Me’ Free smartphone app
• Local radio, local ABC/emergency broadcaster frequency, TV, newspapers
• facebook.com/nswrfs twitter.com/nswrfs

At Bayldon Ag, we stock a large number of implements and tools to help you prepare for next summer. Call us 02 6297 2833, we’d love to hear from you.