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BANJUP RESIDENTS GROUP (Inc.)

Banjup Must Be Heard !!

FIRE SAFETY

City of Cockburn Fire Control Order

The City of Cockburn requires that your fire breaks are cleared to bare earth or mineral to 3 metres wide and with no overhanging branches below 4 metres above the fire break. Think of a clear 3x4 metre rectangular tube running all around the perimeter of your property. You must keep your firebreak clear between 1 November and 15 April.

For that period, you must also keep the 3 metres around your house clear of dead vegetation. So do not store firewood or timber under your eaves!

You must light NO fires between 1 December and 31 March, or at other times as declared.

Between 1 April and 31 May and between 1 October and 30 November you need a Fire Permit to light a fire. You do not need a permit between 1 June and 30 September.

You can find the Fire Control Order in the booklet enclosed with your rates notice.

For further information see here.

 

Bush Fire Season always tough

Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) urges property owners to get ready for the bushfire season. DFES is rightly concerned by surveys that suggest of all at risk property owners:
  • Less than half know what to do during a bushfire

  • Three quarters do not have a bushfire plan in place

  • Less than one quarter acknowledge their property is at risk from bushfire, but only half of these:

  • have a bushfire survival plan
  • admit they haven’t done everything they need to do to prepare for bushfire
Let's hope that none of those are in Banjup !!

DFES Advice

You can browse all DFES advice here. However, some key points are:

  • During a bushfire the safest place to be is away from the fire. Being involved in a fire may be one of the most traumatic experiences of your life.
  • You and your family’s survival and safety depend on the decisions you make now and how you act. Put your safety first - do not wait and see.
  • Any decision you make should be based on survival, homes can be rebuilt. If a fire starts, leaving hours before a fire can reach you will always be the safest option for you, your family or household.
  • Only stay and defend your home if it is well prepared and constructed, and you are capable of actively defending it. Prepare for the emotional, mental and physical impact of actively defending your property. If you have any doubts about defending your home, you should leave.
  • Act decisively the moment you know there is danger. Whether you choose to leave for a safer place or shelter in a well prepared and defendable home, preparation is the key for survival.

To learn more about preparing for bush fire, go to the DFES "areyouready" web site here.

DFES has simple checklists to help you survive bush fire. You can download them here.

You can see DFES's latest alerts and warnings here. Mark it as a favourite in your browser.

DFES has an excellent DVD about preparing for bush fires. If you do not have a copy, then you can get one sent to you by emailing communityengagement@dfes.wa.gov.au

Prepare Yourself for Bush Fire

Drawing on the experience of the Banjup fire of 2014, here are some simple things to prepare yourselves for bush fire:
  1. Insure your house and contents fully
  2. Put family memorabilia in a fire safe
  3. Clear at least 10, if not 20, metres of vegetation from around your house
  4. Clean your gutters (even better, get gutter mesh  installed from ~$30 per metre supplied and fitted)
  5. Have fire blankets ready in your house
  6. Agree an assembly point and an alternative with all members of your family (eg Bunnings car park, Gateway car park by Big W, Atwell Primary School)
  7. Decide what you will do with your pets and animals (see here for guidance)
  8. Identify where in your house you will shelter if you get caught in a fire (must have 2 exits!)
  9. Tell your neighbours about your fire plan
  10. Take heed of "Emergency Alerts" on your home or mobile phones (you are automatically registered)
  11. Shut all doors and windows well before the fire comes near
  12. Pack a bag with 3 days' change of clothes
  13. Fight only if you have the right equipment
  14. If you must stay, then have 3 days of water and food available (power will be off and you won't be let back in if you go to the shops!)
  15. Flee early!

Burn Off with Jandakot Bush Fire Brigade

 The Jandakot Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade can help Banjup residents safely burn large piles of logs and cuttings that might otherwise be hazardous for property owners to undertake by themselves.

The Brigade can also help residents burn off fuel across bush blocks.

Several Brigade members will bring light water tankers to your property and set fire to your unwanted vegetation in a safe and controlled manner. You can obtain a quotation for burning a bonfire or a whole block by contacting  the Brigade Captain, Shane Harris, on 0422 640 810 or email him at

jandakotcaptain@outlook.com