Essential Energy encouraged residents to be prepared for bushfire season

Essential Energy has advised residents to prepare their properties for the upcoming bushfire season after the danger period was declared in 10 local government areas across regional NSW. 

The period came into effect on Wednesday, August 1 in areas such as Clarence Valley, Inverell, Lismore and Walcha due to consistent dry conditions.

Essential Energy North Coast regional manager Ross Berry said warm conditions in conjunction with increased potential for windy weather can heighten the bushfire risk. 

“Residents can help minimise the chance of items being blown into powerlines in severe winds and the risk of bushfire by cleaning up around the yard.

“Simple steps such as mowing lawns regularly, clearing any leaves and debris from gutters and removing loose items from around the garden can help to protect your property.

“Ensure trees are not growing too close to overhead powerlines and report any concerns regarding branches or vegetation to Essential Energy on 13 20 80,” Mr Berry said. 

Residents are encouraged to be aware of the fire danger warning every day as well as avoid using power tools or performing tasks that may generate a spark outdoors. 

“It’s recommended that rural property owners have access to back-up power to pump water and keep a mobile phone charged during high bushfire risk days,” Mr Berry said.

“While the danger period continues through to March 31, 2019, this is an ideal time to reduce the risks now before the summer temperatures set in.”

The statutory danger period begins on Monday, October 1 but could be moved forward in the Mid Coast district if necessary.

Property owners are advised to complete a Bushfire Survival Plan and Farm FireWise Checklist on the RFS website.