The 2021-22 season began on September 1

RFS urges public to get fire ready

Following an early start to this year's bushfire season, the Rural Fire Service (RFS) is urging Mid Coast resident to plan and prepare during the upcoming Get Ready Weekend.

RFS Inspector Guy Duckworth AFSM said all residents in the Mid Coast local government area could take simple steps to get themselves and their properties prepared.

"Over recent weeks, our firefighters have seized upon favourable weather to conduct vital hazard reduction burns across the State.

"Now it's the community's turn to get their property in order to better protect their home and their loved ones.

"Getting ready doesn't have to be onerous and is quicker than you think with some of the most simple tasks making a significant difference."

Inspector Duckworth said there were five simple steps to reduce the bushfire risk:

  • TRIM overhanging trees and shrubs;
  • MOW grass and remove the cuttings. Have a cleared area around your home;
  • REMOVE material that can burn around your home (door mats, wood piles, mulch);
  • CLEAR and remove all the debris and leaves from the gutters surrounding your home, and
  • PREPARE a sturdy hose or hoses that will reach all around your home.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Get Ready Weekend will be held online this weekend, September 11 and 12,

Mid coast residents can check in on local social media and find out about the bushfire risk in your area and the online events at http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/news-and-media/get-ready