DFES turn up heat on residents to prepare

DFES turn up heat on residents to prepare

THE Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is urging people to prepare for the upcoming bushfire season.

Metropolitan assistant commissioner Darren Klemm said more than 2100 bushfires occurred in the Perth metropolitan area last season.

“The South-West of WA, including Perth and surrounding areas, is predicted to face above normal fire potential this year,” he said.

“People cannot afford to be naive about bushfires; if you live or travel near bushland, you are at risk.”

Bushfire Action Month runs throughout October and Mr Klemm encouraged people to learn how to prepare themselves, their families and property against bushfires.

“Bushfires start suddenly and without warning,” he said.

“It’s difficult to predict where or when the next major fire will occur so it’s essential everyone plays their part in getting prepared.

“Sit down with your family this month and create a bushfire survival plan that clearly says what you will do when a bushfire starts near you.”

Mr Klemm said people could help protect their property by pruning back trees, cutting long grass, clearing roof gutters and removing rubbish from around the home.

Also read Bushfire Awareness Community Fun Day.