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September 2013
Pre-Season Update 2013-14 Fire Season
Outlines the key safety messages for the upcoming season including hazardous trees, fatigue management, watchouts and LACES (acronym for Lookouts, Awareness, Communication, Escape, Routes and Safety Zones).

Pre-Season Update 2013-14 Fire Season 



 

Bushfire Alerts Messages and Warnings

July 2013
Bushfire Alerts Messages and Warnings
Explains the three bushfire alert levels and the different ways of getting information to help you stay safe.

Download MP3 - 1mb

Go to the About Warnings page

Can I Can't I brochure

August 2012
Can I Can't I
Explains fire restrictions for Total Fire Ban days and during the Fire Danger Period.

Also available in 32 languages

Fire Ready Kit cover

October 2011
Fire Ready Kit
Comprehensive information to help people in high risk areas understand their risk and prepare for bushfire. Includes pull-out templates for writing a plan. Go to Fire Ready Kit page

Herald Sun Fire Ready guide

March 2011
Herald Sun Fire Ready guide
This guide will help you to prepare for fire, know what to do on a hot, dry, windy day and know your options if you have left it too late and there is a fire in the area.

Auslan video also available.

Go to Auslan versions page

Tourism Fire Ready Kit cover

October 2013
Tourism Business Fire Ready Kit

This resource kit has been developed to help tourism businesses understand their local risks, prepare their business and their employees, identify triggers to act, understand how to inform customers and undertake planning.

Landscaping for Bushfire cover

December 2011
Landscaping for Bushfire: Garden Design and plant selection
Professional gardeners or keen amateurs can learn how to better protect their house by creating a fire smart garden.

Go to Landscaping for Bushfire page

Landscaping for Bushfire: Example gardens

February 2013
Landscaping for Bushfire: Example gardens
Four practical examples of gardens in high risk environments using landscaping for bushfire principles. Includes a case study.

Go to Landscaping for Bushfire page

Cover of a Community Information Guide

Updated regularly
Community Information Guide
Localised guide to help residents understand their risk and undertake essential planning and preparation. Available for more than 250 high risk areas.
Go to Community Information Guides page

Cover of On the Land

September 2011
On the Land
A key resource for farmers, landowners, plantation managers and bush block owners.

Bushfires: preparing to leave early cover

October 2010
Bushfires: Preparing to leave early
Produced jointly by CFA and Australian Red Cross, this booklet guides you through the four steps to prepare to leave early on fire risk days.

Know your total fire ban district

January 2012
Know your Total Fire Ban district
The Total Fire Ban and Fire Danger Ratings districts have been updated. This brochure includes a map of the districts with a list of municipalities in each district.

Fire Danger Rating brohcure

October 2010
Fire Danger Ratings
Understand how the Fire Danger Rating Scale will alert you to danger so you can take action.

Audio version

Download MP3 - 3mb

Preventing Haystack Fires cover

October 2011
Preventing Haystack Fires
Learn what causes haystack fires, how to minimise the risk of haystack fires and protect your assets, and what to do if hay is heating

Audio version

Download MP3 - 4mb

Enjoy a fire safe summer

Enjoy a fire safe summer
Learn a few simple steps to stay fire safe in the summer months

Grassfires brochure

October 2011
Grassfires Know how to protect yourself and your property from grassfires.

Audio version

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Horses and Bushfires brochure

October 2011
Horses and Bushfires
A quick reference guide for horse owners to plan for the safety and survival of their horses.

Audio version

Download MP3 - 3mb

Pets and Bushfires brochure

October 2011
Pets and Bushfires
If you live near bush, grassland or coastal areas, you need to develop a Bushfire Survival Plan that includes your pets.

Audio version

Download MP3 - 3mb

Community Evacuation Information sheet

November 2011
Community Evacuation Information
Victoria Police information about evacuating in the event of an emergency.

Evaporative air cooler fact sheet

February 2014
Evaporative air conditioner - fire safety
How to keep your evaporative air conditioner safe from embers during a bushfire.  

Home Fire Safety brochure

August 2007
Your Home Fire Safety
What you need to know to prevent and survive housefires in your home.

Also available in other languages

Home fire escape plan worksheet

May 2012
Home fire safety checklist and escape plan
A checklist to help you keep your house safe from common causes of fire. Follow the instructions to draw up your home fire escape plan.

Early Fire Safe factsheet

May 2007
Early Fire Safe factsheets
Fire safety tips around the home for parents with young children.

Wheat bag factsheet

2013
Therapeutic wheat bags factsheet
Safety hints when using therapeutic wheat bags.

2012
Youth Firesetting Support Guide
A resource for parents and practitioners concerned about fire-risk behaviour in a child or young person.

Guides

Cover of Riparian land bushfire risk

March 2014
Riparian Land and Bushfire Risk - Resource document 
Information about the behaviour of fire in riparian land to assist catchment management authorities. 

Guide for business - developing a bushfire plan

February 2014
A guide for business: developing a Bushfire Emergency Plan in Victoria
For organisations who have occupants residing, holidaying or working at their premises.

  

Planning for bushfire Victoria

November 2012
Planning for Bushfire Victoria
A comprehensive guide to developing planning permits triggered by the Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO).

Fire Ecology

October 2012
Fire Ecology Guide
A guide to environmentally sustainable bushfire management in rural Victoria.

Caravan Park Fire Safety Guidelines

May 2012
Caravan Park Fire Safety Guidelines
Guidelines for caravan park owners, operators and occupants.Caravan Park Fire Safety Guidelines (PDF 2Mb) | Text version (DOC 163k)

Emergency guidelines for wind energy facilities

February 2012
CFA Emergency Management Guidelines for Wind Energy Facilities
Emergency management guidelines for wind energy facilities already installed, being installed or being designed.

CFA's Emergency Management Guidelines for Wind Energy Facilities (PDF 209k) | Text Version DOC 2000k)

Gas safety guidelines for employers

July 2005
Gas Safety Guidelines for Hospitality Industry
Factsheets for businesses using portable gas heaters in public places.

Temporary storage of dangerous goods

1998
Temporary Storage and Fire Protection for Fuels and other Dangerous Goods at Sporting and Exhibition Events
Advice to organisers of public events on safe systems of work for the temporary storage and handling of dangerous goods.

For copies, contact dangerousgoodsunit @cfa.vic.gov.au or tel (03) 9262 8865

Guidelines for operating private equipment at fires

2004
Guidelines for Operating Private Equipment at Fires*
Advice and information to help individuals operating private eqiupment at fires.

*These guidelines are being reviewed. A discussion paper will be released after the 2012/13 Fire Danger Period. Until then, the guidelines as first published in 2004 remain current.

CFA's use of foam and wetting agents

2003
Class A Foam, Wetting Agent and your property
Information for property owners about firefighting chemicals CFA may need to use during a fire.

2013
Monitored Automatic Alarms Guidelines
A guide that assists building owners and managers to know their rights and responsibilities in relation to monitored automatic alarms in buildings.

Fire orders poster

2006
Fire Orders
'In case of Fire' signage for the workplaces

Also available in other languages

Roadside Fire Management brochure

2004
Roadside Fire Management brochure
General information on roadside fire management with a simple explaination of key fire science.

Roadside Fire Management guidelines

2001
Roadside Fire Management Guidelines
Will assist land and resource managers, Councils, transport authorities, service providers and fire services to provide balanced and effective fire management on roadsides to meet community needs.

Grassland curing guide

2000
Grassland Curing Guide
A guide to estimating the level of grassland curing.

Building in a Wildfire Management Overlay

2010
WMO applicant's workbook
This publication has been replaced with the new Planning for Bushfires Victoria.
See Building in a bushfire prone area

Water supply requirements statement

2008
Residential subdivision Water Supply Requirements Statement
Residential subdivision applications that require a road to be made are sent to CFA when they do not meet water supply requirements.

Requirements for Water Supplies and Access for Subdivisions in Residential 1 and 2 and Township Zones

2007
Requirements for Water Supplies and Access for Subdivisions in Residential 1 and 2 and Township Zones
Planning tool for permit applicants and municipalities outlining the fire safety requirements to cope with structure fires and assist with the design and approvals process for residential subdivisions.

Preferred Requirements: Water supplies and access for subdivisions in Rural Zones

2006
Preferred Requirements: Water supplies and access for subdivisions in Rural Zones
Planning tool for permit applicants and municipalities outlining fire safety requirements performance levels, CFA preferred requirements and guidelines to assist with the design and approvals process for rural subdivisions.

	A guide to retrofit your home for better protection from a bushfire

2010
A guide to retrofit your home for better protection from a bushfire
Produced by CFA and the Building Commission to help you better prepare your home for a bushfire situation.

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