Fire emergency preparedness sessions for community groups in Golden Bay, Karnup and Singleton

Fire emergency preparedness sessions for community groups in Golden Bay, Karnup and Singleton

THE City of Rockingham is urging residents to ensure their property is ready for summer and fire risks.

The City of Rockingham and Red Cross will provide emergency preparedness sessions for community groups in Golden Bay, Karnup and Singleton.

Participants will learn how to prepare for an emergency, and will receive a free Emergency RediPlan to help manage health, financial and material consequences of emergencies.

Residents can start to prepare their properties by clearing gutters, pruning overhanging branches, storing flammable material away from the house, and getting rid of loose leaf litter and twigs.

Ember protection screens should also be considered for air cooling systems.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said residents were encouraged to have an alternative water source available.

“Fire preparedness is something we should all think about and act upon before it’s too late,” he said.

“These small jobs around the home can make a huge difference to how at-risk your property could be from drifting embers in the event of a bushfire.”

Mayor Sammels said rural properties should have mineral earth firebreaks three metres wide with a clearance height of four metres to allow access for emergency vehicles.

Landowners should also check their firebreaks are up to standard as firebreak inspections are currently being undertaken, and non-compliant properties could receive infringements.

To arrange an emergency preparedness session contact wapreapredness@redcross.org.au.