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FireSmart - The Why, How and What..
Low Flamable Species Brochure
Priority Zone 1 – Create a non flammable zone around your house 1-2m wide.Rocks
are good, bark is not. Create a defensible area or safe zone. Convert to lawn and
or low flamable species. Remove lower branches of shrubs and trees, waste and combustible
Priority Zone 2 – Remove trees and scrub to allow the trees that
remain to be evenly spaced so they don’t touch.
Priority Zone 3 – Prune all large trees and remove all branches
at least 2 metres from the ground. Thin sub-canopy trees, cut down dead or dying
trees and remove overhanging branches that are close to power lines.
Ensure your driveway is accessible for a fire appliance –
a minimum clearance of 4m wide,
4m high and adequate turning space
Any fires you light, be it camp fires cooking fires, braziers, rubbish fires, controlled
burns are your responsibility. You could be liable for costs associated with an
escaped fire in a rural area. Make sure you have fire insurance – including Forest
and Rural Fires Act fire suppression cover.
Insurance cover :
Insurance of property for loss and replacement from fire For your home, household effects, other builders, vehicles, plant and machinery,
forests and crops.
Public Liability Insurance To cover the cost of damage and loss to a third party from anything (including
fire) that escapes from your property and damages other parties property.
Forest and Rural Fires Act fire suppression
To cover the costs of fire suppression from a fire caused by you or started
on your property. Cover is required under Section 43, 46 and 46a of the Forest and
Rural Fires Act 1977.