Act now and be ready for fire season

Published: 9 October 2018

Image has burnt car and headline Fire Action Week

Fire Action Week (7 to 14 October) is here to remind us how to stay safe this summer.

Forecasts predict an early start and a longer than usual fire season in Victoria. Now is the best time to take action to protect your family, business and property.

You don't need to live near the bush to be affected by a fire. Fires are unpredictable, closing roads and creating thick smoke, and power outages can affect wide areas during extreme heat. Being prepared is your best chance of survival.

If you live in town, this is a good time to prepare for the power outages that can happen during very hot weather.

If you live on the urban fringe or in the country, now is a good time to prepare your property and update your family fire plan. Talk to family and friends about what your trigger is to leave and where you will go to stay safe, and don't forget to plan for your animals and pets.

Wherever you are take the time to create a fire plan - it's quick and easy to do, and this is the perfect time to make one.

CFA brigades around the state will be talking to their communities about the local fire risk, how to prepare, and how to stay safe over summer. Keep your eye out for them and stay up to date with fire safety measures in your area.

Stay up-to-date with emergency warnings by

  • tuning into emergency broadcasters including ABC local radio and Sky News
  • phoning the VicEmergency hotline 1800 226 226
  • visiting www.emergency.vic.gov.au and
  • downloading the VicEmergency App