Prepare your property
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Prepare your property

Everyone in Victoria who lives near dense forest, bush, grassland or the coast needs to prepare their property for bushfire.

Tips and advice to prepare your property

The illustration below provides an overview of key preparation activities you can undertake before the bushfire season. Click on each of the icons to find out what you can do around different parts of your property to prepare for the fire season.

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Mature trees 

Mature trees

Mature trees can help shield against radiant heat and embers. They must be strategically located and well managed.

 remove flammables

Remove Flammables

Remove flammable items from decks and verandahs, such as boxes, furniture and doormats.

 Keep grass short

Keep grass short

Keep grass cut to less than 10cm. Fire can ignite and travel quickly through long grass.

 Woodpiles

Woodpiles

Keep woodpiles away from the house. Stray fire embers can easily ignite woodpiles.

 Store Flammables

Store Flammables

Store flammable liquids away from house. Where possible, store in flame proof containers. 

 Leaves and Twigs

Leaves and Twigs

Get rid of dry grass, leaves, twigs and loose bark.

 Prune shrubs

Prune shrubs

  • Prune lower branches of shrubs to separate from surface fuels underneath.
  • Prune shrubs well away from branches of mature trees
 Cut back branches

Cut back branches

Cut back overhanging tree branches close to property – no branches in 10m space.

 Garden beds

Garden beds

Do not have large shrubs next to or under windows.

 Pebbles and rocks

Pebbles and rocks

Use pebbles and rocks in your garden (not flammable mulch).

 roof gutters

Roof gutters

Keep gutters and roof areas clear of leaf litter

Alternatively, download a: Text only format of the Prepare your Property Interactive (DOC 26k)

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