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Know your risk

 
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​Know your risk

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General risk factors

All residents should be prepared for bushfire, but if you answer yes to any of these four questions, you are likely to be at a heightened risk.

  • Do you live within a few kilometres of bushland?
  • Does your local area have a bushfire history?
  • Do you have trees and shrubs within 20 metres of your house?
  • Is your home built on a slope?

Specific factors which reduce risk

The risk factors below will help you assess the vulnerability of your home to fire.
Will firefighters - if they are available - be able to gain safe access and do you have adequate water to fight a fire?

Structure

  • Non-combustible exterior walls
  • Roof ridge capping sealed
  • Eaves enclosed
  • Roof gutters and valleys clear of leaf litter and fine fuels
  • Underfloor enclosed
  • Vents screened
  • Non-combustible window finishing
  • Non-combustible deck or verandah.

Access

  • Clear of overhanging vegetation
  • Unrestricted gate access
  • Clear of overhead powerlines
  • Able to reverse in
  • Turning or passing areas
  • Heavy vehicle access on cattle grid or bridge
  • Two-wheel drive access
  • Alternative way out.

Water supply

  • Reticulated water supply
  • Tank supply suitable for firefighter access - 50mm male camlock fitting
  • Firefighter accessible external open water supply such as dam or pool
  • Firefighting pump and hose connected to water supply.

By understanding your level of risk, you will be able to make informed decisions that are right for you and your family.

If you are still unsure of your level of risk or require assistance, contact your local fire station or to book a Bushfire Safety presentation, call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

When is fire season in Queensland?

  • The fire season in Queensland normally commences in the far north of the state in July and progresses through to southern areas as Spring approaches.
  • It can extend through to February in southern and far south-western areas.
  • These timeframes can vary significantly from year to year, depending on the fuel loads, long-term climate and short-term weather conditions in each area.
  • Queensland's season is at a different time to other states of Australia.

Plan to...

  • Keep you and your family safe
  • Make your property resilient
  • Protect irreplaceable valuables and important documents
  • Have adequate insurance to minimise losses.