Ararat Rural City Council is starting fire prevention works as we come into the Summer season.
Emergency services staff will be inspecting properties and assisting the community by removing any fire hazards.
Ararat Rural City Council chief executive Dr Tim Harrison is urging everyone to clear their property of potential fire hazards and to have a fire ready plan.
"Council officers will be helping the community prepare by identifying potential fire hazards and working with residents to reduce the fire risk," he said.
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"Ararat Rural City Council encourage everyone in our municipality to implement a fire ready plan in the event of an emergency.
Council officers will be issuing Fire Prevention Notices which will assist residents in identifying risks and ensure they are mitigated prior to emergency season.
Fire hazards include long grass, fallen leaves, branches and other debris which can build up around properties, especially in gutters.
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"Fire Prevention Notices are distributed to ensure everyone contributes to the safety of our community," Dr Harrison said.
"It is important that you remove any fire hazards from your property for the safety of you and the community."
Even with the La Nia event being announced, fire is an ever-present risk throughout Summer. With increased rainfall, grass and plants can grow rapidly, resulting in greater fire risk.
To get started on your fire ready plan visit Ararat Rural City Council's website to access a range of resources at Ararat.vic.gov.au
Other useful resources to assist with planning for emergencies can be found here:
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