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Fire Week has focused on the power of planning

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October 20, 2017

This week, Fire Action Week, runs until October 20 and is Victoria’s annual fire planning and preparation awareness week

This week, Fire Action Week, runs until October 20 and is Victoria’s annual fire planning and preparation awareness week.

Right now, forecasts show there is potential for an above average fire season in Victoria.

Fire Action Week is a great time to increase your understanding of the fire risk where you live, prepare your property, and talk to your household about what you’ll do to stay safe from fire.

Making informed decisions is vital to your safety during a fire.

And now, not when a fire starts, is the best time to understand your fire risk and get prepared.

This week talk to your family, friends and neighbours about the fire risk where you live and make plans for what you’ll do on hot, dry, windy days

Make sure you know where to check Fire Danger Ratings (Vic Emergency website and app).

During summer you’ll also need to check the ratings daily to understand the fire risk in your area.

Remember, as ratings increase, so does your risk of fire

Last summer there were more than 2000 warnings issued in Victoria.

It’s up to you to stay informed by using more than one source of information, understanding the three levels of warnings, what they mean and what you should do.

Tune in to ABC local radio, commercial and designated community radio stations or Sky News TV, phone the VicEmergency Hotline (1800 226 226), visit emergency.vic.gov.au, and download the VicEmergency App. Warnings are also available on VicEmergency’s Twitter (@vicemergency) and Facebook (facebook.com/vicemergency), and CFA’s Twitter (@CFA—Updates) and Facebook (facebook.com/cfavic)

On hot, dry, windy days, fires will start and spread quickly.

The best way to protect yourself and your family is to leave early.

In the lead-up to summer, CFA and MFB brigades around the state are getting out and about in their community to talk about preparing for fire. You can check cfa.vic.gov.au/events for information on what’s happening in your local area

For more information on how to get prepared for summer, go to emergency.vic.gov.au

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