Prepare your property for summer

Prepare your property for summer

Macedon Ranges Shire Council, in consultation with local CFA brigades, has approved the lifting of burning off restrictions for the month of October for land less than 4,000 square metres. Residents must ensure that when burning off they do not create a nuisance for their neighbours and should continue to monitor any burn-off for at least seven days to ensure it is fully extinguished. Large loads of green waste (excluding noxious weeds) can also be taken and tipped for free…

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What is the chance?

What is the chance?

Victoria is one of the most fire-prone areas in the world.  Understanding your level of risk is the first step in knowing what to do before and during a fire. The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre recently released the Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook for 2016-17, which shows an above normal bushfire potential across North, North West and Western Victoria. Now is the best time to make sure you understand your fire risk and start preparing yourself, your family…

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CFA … BUSINESS AS USUAL!

CFA … BUSINESS AS USUAL!

“What is happening with the CFA?” “Are you all going to be fired?” “What will happen if there is an emergency?” CFA Brigades and volunteers in the Macedon Ranges have been inundated with these sort of questions since the unfortunate battle between the CFA and the Victorian Government and Unions. It is a shame that the situation has escalated to where our community is concerned as to whether their safety will be threatened. We would like to assure the Macedon…

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Is your wood fire an indulgence or a life threatening danger?

Is your wood fire an indulgence or a life threatening danger?

On a cold winter night it’s nice to settle down in front of a wood fire. But if that wood fire isn’t being properly maintained it could change from being an indulgence to a life threatening danger. Chimney fires are caused by the accumulation of creosote and other products of incomplete combustion in the chimney. Over a period of months these products build up in the chimney as a coating and when subjected to strong heat from the fire ignite…

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Change your clock, change your smoke alarm battery‏

Change your clock, change your smoke alarm battery‏

There are over 3,000 preventable house fires each year in Victoria alone. Smoke alarms provide an essential early warning and time to evacuate safely – but only if they work! As you wind back your clocks on Sunday 3 April 2016, be sure to change your smoke alarm batteries too! Victorian Fire Services recommend long-lasting alkaline batteries for smoke alarms. Some quick tips to keep your smoke alarm in working order are: Test smoke alarms once a month.  The alarm should…

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