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Bushfire Safety Tips

Waterworks Community has bought a copy of this very handy reference to bushfire preparation and defence.

Bushfire booklet

‘Essential Bushfire Safety Tips’ has everything you need to know to make your bushfire plan with confidence, providing accurate information in an accessible, clear way.

Please email Ruth Painter if you would like to borrow the community copy.

Or if you are keen to get your own copy you can buy it at the ABC shop in town or buy it online via this link.

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Your bushfire protection plan

It’s that time of year again! The bushfire season is back with us. Please be prepared.

Use this time to prepare your property! Make sure you are confident about what you will do in the event of a fire coming through the valley. Know when you might leave, and where you would go, and what you would take. Give your home and yourself the best chance of survival:

    • Clean out the gutters
    • Cut long grass
    • Trim low trees and bushes around the house
    • Be aware of water sources
    • Move winter wood supplies away from the house
    • Check through your fire plan
    • Identify a safe place to shelter if you are caught in a fire (this could be a neighbour’s house)
    • Talk to your neighbours about their plans.

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Fire! Fire!

It’s hot, so hot it’s hard to move…getting up to replenish the ice cubes in your drink is an effort…

bushfire…the wind is like air from an oven, the dryness hurts your eyes…seed pods split and crack in the heat and the smell of dry eucalypts is so strong you can taste it…

…your thoughts are of cool water, the beach, maybe a BBQ… the wind whips up dry leaves and dust and it stings against your skin…

It’s got darker – the sun seems to have changed to a dull dark red… Is that a cloud behind the mountain? Can you smell smoke?

Here we are again:
Facing down another summer bush fire season – with the valley looking green and lush, some good rainfall ensuring that the grass is thick, the shrubs are thriving, and the gumtrees have grown taller. All the experts are warning of increased temperatures, stronger winds, a huge fuel load – the inevitability of it all is hard to accept. They say it every year. There have been horrors, of course, look at Dunalley, but you are well-insured, and you will just leave. The house can take its chance, you’ve packed the photos, there’s nothing more really you can do – you’re not a firefighter.

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Bushfires – local ecology impacts

Here’s a free outdoor workshop for those interested in managing dry bushland ecologies in relation to bushfire management.

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Tuesday 1 October 2013, 9.45am – 1pm
Greening Australia Sustainability Learning Centre, 50 Olinda Grove Mt Nelson
(Turn into Hobart College and follow the signs to the Sustainability Learning Centre then second left)
Call 6238 2886 or email bushcare@hobartcity.com.au

What to bring: Note-pad and pen, sturdy shoes, water bottle

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More on bushfires

The Tasmania Fire Service has produced a one-page bushfire preparation checklist. It’s good idea for all Waterworks residents to print it out and stick a copy on their fridges until March.

Also note: Stephen Bresnehan is Hobart Council’s Bushland Fire Officer. Stephen can provide (free) fire risk management advice to Hobart residents (ph 6238 2886). He can also help if you have concerns, such as neighbouring land which may be getting overgrown, given our wonderful recent growing weather! Stephen’s advice is always practical and helpful.

For more on bushfire protection see our earlier post.

How to make a bushfire plan for your home


This information was kindly provided last summer by Ruth at 187 Waterworks. Timely advice as we go into Summer again.

The best thing about having a plan is that it requires you to think about what you will do, discuss it with your household, and write it down – so everyone knows exactly what to do.

Question: When do I implement my plan?

Answer: This is a personal decision, and should be based on how prepared you are to face the predicted fire conditions…

There are two separate sections to a Bushfire Plan – preparation before the fire season, and actions during the fire season.

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Preparing for Summer Bushfires

Has your household prepared a bushfire plan?

A safe property + many safe properties
= a safer area for fire fighters to defend
= more chance of homes (and people) surviving.

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Fire-proof your house

Living sustainably with fire

firefightingABC’s By Design program this week looked at some key points to consider when you are designing a house in a fire-prone area through the eyes or two architects specialising in these design concerns. Dr Ian Weir is putting forward the idea that we now need to live sustainaably with fire.

It starts by understanding how fire works, and all houses can be at risk from a structural fire. One of the key problems is stopping the embers and the fire that can trigger a structural fire inside the house.

You can click on the ABC site and listen to the program.