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Prepare now for this Fire Danger Season

27/10/2019

Local fire services are calling on the community to be prepared for bushfires this summer.

Minister for Emergency Services, Corey Wingard said just because we haven't seen a large fire in South Australia for a few years, doesn't mean people should become complacent.

At the launch of the 2019/20 Be Bushfire Ready campaign, he said people need to think about their safety.

"By doing a 5 minute bushfire plan, people can think about whether, if faced with a dangerous bushfire, they will leave early or stay and defend their home," he said.

"It's so important to talk to your family and friends about your plan, and know where you will go and how to get there."

CFS Chief Officer Mark Jones said given the hot and dry conditions in this state, it's possible South Australia could have bushfires similar to those seen in New South Wales and Queensland in the past two months.

"If you are going to stay and defend your property, you need to be well prepared, with gutters cleared, vegetation well maintained and a robust plan," Mr Jones said.

"You also need to think about the emotional toll staying to defend your home will have on you. Everyone has a responsibility when it comes to bushfires, there will not be a fire truck at every house.

SA Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) Chief Officer Michael Morgan said people need to stay informed throughout summer so they know when a Total Fire Ban has been declared and have access to information when fires start.

"It's important to check weather forecasts and know what you can and can't do on days of Total Fire Bans," Mr Morgan said.

"It's also important, especially if you are travelling to a different area, that you stay informed by listening to your local ABC radio for warnings and updates."

For more information about preparing for the Fire Danger Season, go to www.cfs.sa.gov.au

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