Council Inspects Properties for Fire Hazards in October
Friday, 6 September, 2019 - 13:00
The CFA and Mansfield Shire Council are urging residents to prepare early for this year’s fire season as it is again forecast to be severe.
One of Council’s roles in fire preparedness is the annual inspection of properties to identify fire hazards to keep the community safe.
Kevin Murphy, Council’s Municipal Fire Prevention Officer said property inspections start in late October.
“We recommend property owners act now to minimise the chance of property damage during a fire, even if they plan to leave early,” Mr Murphy said.
“People should slash, mow, graze or spray grass near their home or other assets and create fuel breaks, only on days when it is safe to do so.”
Mr Murphy said that people whose properties are identified as hazardous through the property inspections, will receive a Fire Prevention Notice.
“This requires the owner of the land to remove the identified hazard within 14 days.”
Businesses that provide a slashing, grass cutting or similar vegetation management service, have an opportunity to include their business details with the Fire Notice. If you provide such a service, you can contact Mr Murphy to have your details included. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Murphy said people should be mindful of the rules if they wish to burn vegetation. Green waste is permitted to be burnt outside the Fire Danger Period and does not usually require a permit outside of townships. Please check with Council before lighting up by phoning 5775 8555.