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TAS Country : October 21st 2010
24 Tasmanian Country Friday, October 22, 2010 Fire Safety an advertising feature THINK AHEAD: Plan should be periodically reviewed. Survival guide helps households get ready TASMANIA Fire Service has developed a free Bush- fire Survival Plan guide to help householders living in or near the bush to plan and prepare for bushfire. The Bushfire Survival Plan guide will help people threatened by fire to make appropriate decisions dur- ing emergencies. Householders living in or near the bush are urged to develop a Bushfire Sur- vival Plan, including con- tingency actions for a range of possible situ- ations. Plans should be adapt- able, as circumstances may change before and during bushfires. Planning must also in- clude identifying a number of places that people at home can flee to at short notice if they are caught unawares and unprepared for a bushfire. If these places cannot be identified, people should plan to leave early. The guide will help peo- ple prepare and document their bushfire survival plan. The plan should be tested, practised and periodically reviewed. People should decide well in advance of a bushfi- re whether they will leave or stay with their homes to defend them. There are two safe op- tions when threatened by bushfire: leaving early well before the fire arrives or staying and defending a well-prepared property. Staying to defend prop- erty during a bushfire al- ways carries some risk of injury or death. However, defending the home is a reasonable choice if: Your home is well- prepared. You are physically fit and emotionally prepared. Fire conditions are less than 'extreme'. Remember, leaving early is always the safest option. But the decision about whether you should leave early or stay and defend your property is up to you. For your free Bushfire Survival Plan guide visit www.fire.tas.gov.au or phone 1800 000 699. Dry vegetation poses threat this summer THE weather bureau says Tasmania's wet winter has encouraged vegeta- tion growth that will create dry, ready fuel for summer fires. Fire authorities are warning the rural community not to become complacent. Dramatically increasing fine fuels such as grasses and weeds, will contribute to the rapid spread of fires, threatening livestock, crops and lives. Tasmania Fire Service is encouraging rural land managers, municipal councils and the farming community to recognise the risks and act now. 16 Okines Road, Dodges Ferry, TAS 7173 P: 6265 7693 M: 0438 657 693 F: 6265 7696 E: firstname.lastname@example.org GENERATORS The brands you can trust FIREFIGHTING PUMPS * Pumps for Commercial, Agricultural & Domestic Use * Bore pump specialist * Electric & Solar pump systems 2009735-101022 Trees that touch powerlines can cause bush res. You can prevent bush re by maintaining trees and cleaning up around powerlines on your property. For help and information about vegetation management contact Aurora. And if you see trees growing too close to powerlines, call Aurora on 13 2004, because nothing is more impor tant than your safety. Aurora is cutting fire risks AURORA Energy has commenced a program to nip bushfires in the bud. Tree cutting near Aurora s powerlines is underway in fire danger areas across Tasmania. This work is being undertaken by Aurora and its authorised Contractors and is necessary to: • protect property by preventing fires that are caused by vegetation coming into contact with powerlines; and • ensure a safe, reliable power supply for all Tasmanians. Aurora and their authorised Contractors will be entering properties, where required, for the clearing of Aurora owned lines. In most cases this work will be at no cost to property owners. Customers with privately owned powerlines are reminded of their responsibilities to keep vegetation clear of their lines. For further information call Aurora on 13 2004. Photo: John Nairn, BoM. AGEN2884rj Aurora Energy Pty Ltd ABN 85 082 464 622 ADVERTISEMENT
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