There’s little doubt that our country is currently facing one of the worst fire seasons in history. So far we’ve witnessed 1,400 homes destroyed and a significant and growing death toll.
The current threat in WA
At the moment we’re battling a fire on the Eyre Highway which has resulted in the closure of the main highway between WA and SA. 300 commuters are being evacuated from the area. This fire season 1.5 million hectares of land has been burned, however thankfully no casualties have been reported.
Be vigilant and ready
This is the time to be cautious and prepared to take action in the face of upcoming dry and hot weather conditions. It’s very important to watch out for the latest alerts and fire warnings for your area, which you can do here.
- in an area with a history of bushfires
- within several blocks or near bushland
- In an area where you need to travel through bushland to escape
This also applies for metropolitan areas. Having the plan will help you decide whether to evacuate your home early or stay and defend.
If a fire develops in your home or surroundings, call 000 immediately. Stay clear of the area and do not re-enter a building after a fire has occurred.
Fires at home
There are steps we can all take to reduce the risk of fire in our property, even if you’re far away from the danger zones. This includes simple things like:
- Always watching while cooking food
- Putting out cigarette butts after use
- Maintaining a building protection zone
For homes and businesses alike, it’s key to have an escape plan in case of an emergency. We encourage organisations to maintain their emergency assets, like exit signs and smoke detectors, and make sure everyone knows what to do if a fire starts.
Our Fire & Electrical Services team have worked hard during this difficult period to provide the equipment DFES relies on to control fires. We also work with businesses to maintain, service, and replace emergency assets year round.