Fire Action Week, Victoria’s annual fire awareness week, was launched following the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.
This year's Fire Action Week will launch next Monday 24 October at the Summer Preseason Briefing, with Victoria’s emergency services coming together to provide a state-wide overview of what to expect this summer. This event also marks the launch of the Summer Fire Campaign 2016-17, which will run through until the end of February.
Fire Action Week provides a great opportunity to find out more about the fire risk in your local area, talk to your family about how you will stay safe, and decide well in advance what you will do to stay safe from fire.
Last summer Victoria experienced an early start to the summer season, with significant fires in October and November, followed by the Wye River/Separation Creek fire in late December 2015. Across the entire season, there were 21 Total Fire Ban days, with Extreme Fire Danger conditions forecast over five days.
In total, Victoria’s emergency services responded to over 4,500 bush and grassfires, resulting in 28,000 hectares burnt and the loss of 145 homes.
Right now, forecasts show there is potential for another above average fire season.
Over the summer months, fire safety messages will be promoted through television, radio, press, outdoor and digital advertisements, as well as through social media channels.
CFA brigades around the state will be talking to their communities about the local fire risk, how to prepare, and what to do to stay safe over summer. Check what’s on in your area.
This Fire Action Week, follow some simple planning and preparation tips to make sure you're ready for the upcoming summer:
- Check the fire risk where you live.
- Download the FireReady/VicEmergency app to your mobile device.
- Start checking Fire Danger Ratings daily.
- Check warnings – make sure you understand the three levels of warnings and what they mean.
- Pack an emergency kit of essentials. This should include important documents, medications, a mobile phone, torch, battery operated radio, money and clothes so you can leave easily before a fire starts.
- Talk to your household and neighbours about how you'll know when to leave and where to go to stay safe.
- Do you have family, friends or neighbours who need help preparing to leave early? Talk to them about when they're going to leave, where they're going to go, and how you can help.
- Be prepared for power failure in extreme weather conditions. Read the Power Outage Guide.
For more information on how to get prepared, visit the Plan & Prepare section.