How to Prepare Your Property
How To Prepare Your Property
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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.
Mature trees can help shield against radiant heat and embers. They must be strategically located and well managed.
Remove flammable items from decks and verandahs, such as boxes, furniture and doormats.
Keep grass short
Keep grass cut to less than 10cm. Fire can ignite and travel quickly through long grass.
Keep woodpiles away from the house. Stray fire embers can easily ignite woodpiles.
Store flammable liquids away from house. Where possible, store in flame proof containers.
Leaves and Twigs
Get rid of dry grass, leaves, twigs and loose bark.
Cut back branches
Cut back overhanging tree branches close to property – no branches in 10m space.
Do not have large shrubs next to or under windows.
Pebbles and rocks
Use pebbles and rocks in your garden (not flammable mulch).
Keep gutters and roof areas clear of leaf litter
Alternatively, download a: Text only format of the Prepare your Property Interactive (DOC 26k)