Safety tips for property owners
THE Queensland Fire and Rescue Service has compiled a practical and useful resource for property owners to be well prepared before the official fire season starts.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service area co-ordinator Archie Andrews said fires could happen any time and recommended home owners to be wary of appliances left on.
"It's not just the ovens, but stovetops, don't leave them unattended, if you're cooking a meal, you're cooking a meal, you can't do multiple tasks at the same time without something being neglected,” he said.
Mr Andrews suggested owners to follow these simple steps to prevent fires from occurring.
Clear leaves, twigs, bark and other debris from the roof and gutters.
Enclose open areas under decks and floors.
Seal all gaps in external roof and wall cladding.
Conduct maintenance checks on generators and water systems.
Display a prominent house or lot number, in case it is required in an emergency.
Ensure there is adequate access to your property for fire trucks - four metres wide by four metres high, with a turnaround area.
Reduce vegetation loads along the access path.
Mow your grass as often as possible.
Remove excess ground fuels and combustible material (long dry grass, dead leaves and branches).
Trim low-lying branches two metres from the ground surrounding your home.
Check that you have sufficient personal protective clothing and equipment with you.
Relocate flammable items away from your home, including woodpiles, paper, boxes, crates, hanging baskets and garden furniture. Check that your first aid kit is fully stocked.