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Bushfires often result from the careless management of fires in dry areas. During the dry season of January to April, bushfires spread easily due to the dry windy conditions. Certain precautions can be taken to lessen the risk of fire damage to a home and property. These actions will be critical in saving a home from a bushfire.

There are several precautionary measures you can take to avoid the occurrence and spread of bushfires:

  • Don't provide the fire with fuel. A firebreak may be constructed around the house to protect a house and property. If your house is threatened by a bushfire you can move firewood, dried grass or bush and other combustibles away from your house.
  • Avoid using fires to clear land especially during this period.
  • Never light a fire in an open area when it is windy as sparks may blow about and cause the fire to spread.
  • Smokers must ensure that cigarette butts, matches and other lighted materials are extinguished before disposal
  • Avoid starting fires idly. If you absolutely must burn, construct a firebreak by clearing an area around the proposed area to be burnt.

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