With the start of the 2019–20 bushfire season on 1 October 2019, all Canberrans are encouraged to prepare their properties and make sure they have a bush fire plan in case of emergency.
“Last week, ACT’s Emergency Services Agency announced that they will be working with the community to be bushfire ready and we should start preparing now,” said Evoenergy Works Delivery Manager Clinton McAlister.
“We encourage Canberrans to make sure they take steps to prepare their home by removing combustible material, cleaning gutters, checking roofs, and preparing a bushfire survival plan.”
One of the best ways to prepare for bushfire is to ensure you inspect vegetation on your property regularly, and clear any trees and plants that are too close to network infrastructure.
“In the ACT, managing trees and vegetation in backyards is the responsibility of the landholder, so check to make sure your trees and vegetation are at least 1.5m away from poles and powerlines,” said Clinton.
“If your vegetation is too close, contact an Evoenergy accredited tree surgeon, who is qualified to trim the trees safely. Don’t do it yourself, it is just too dangerous.
“It is also a good idea to have a home safety kit prepared in case of a power outage, including a torch, batteries, a battery-powered radio and first aid supplies.”
If you see fallen or sagging powerlines stay at least eight meters away and report it to Evoenergy’s 24 hour emergencies and faults line on 13 10 93. If you see a bushfire or sparking, or the situation is life-threatening, call 000 immediately.
For more information on bushfire safety around the electricity and gas network, visit Evoenergy’s website at www.evoenergy.com.au/bushfiresafety, or to contact an Evoenergy accredited tree surgeon, visit www.evoenergy.com.au/treesurgeons.
For information on fire bans, weather warnings and fire danger ratings, visit the ACT Emergency Services Agency website at www.esa.act.gov.au and the NSW Rural Fire Service website at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.
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