12/06/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/06/2018 10:26
Even with the recent storms, hot and blustery conditions have exposed many parts of Queensland to severe bushfires and, while the Tablelands have been spared the worst of it, the extreme conditions don't look like letting up any time soon.
Tablelands Regional Council Mayor Joe Paronella is urging residents to make sure they have their family, property and businesses ready for fires.
'You don't have to live in the bush to be threatened by bushfire, just close enough to be affected by burning material, embers and smoke.
'For our community, this is just about anywhere.
'The first step to being bushfire prepared is to make a commitment to include bushfire in your household emergency plan.
'Talk to your family about what you'll do in a bushfire situation develop or update your Bushfire Survival Plan.
'It's also important to make sure you keep up-to-date with the current conditions.
'When conditions are hot and dry, regularly check the Rural Fire Service website and our Emergency Management Dashboard.
'Reduce fuel loads by cutting grass and clearing fallen leaves, dead undergrowth and vegetation from around your property.
'Establish a buffer zone around buildings and move flammable items like woodpiles and garden rubbish.
'Clean out the gutters and install gutter plugs.
'Make sure you have water ready for fire suppression, check water systems, pumps and generators on a regular basis and keep hoses ready.
'If a fire does develop in your area, act immediately on instructions and, if required, leave in the direction advised.
'Keep well out of the way of fire trucks and make sure nothing blocks their access.
'We want everyone in the community to be safe during this period of high fire danger.
'Work with your neighbours to create and maintain fire breaks and stay in contact with each other.
'By being prepared and sensible, we can ensure the safety of people and property,' said Mayor Paronella.