Fire front of mind this summer





Millions of Victorians are looking forward to a well-deserved break and a relaxing summer ahead,

but RACV is reminding people to be vigilant when it comes to the threat of bushfires.

Bushfire season in Victoria typically peaks during the summer months, so it is vital to be aware of

your fire risks at home and holiday destinations so you can make the right fire plan for your


RACV Head of Home and Business Insurance, Kirsty Hayes, said a crucial step in enjoying a restful

and safe summer is doing a few simple things to reduce risks later.

“Bushfires don’t go on holiday and being prepared allows you to respond quickly to the threat of a

fire,” Ms Hayes said.

“A few simple things like cleaning all debris surrounding your property, so twigs and leaves are

out of your gutters, cutting back any overgrown bushes and removing all rubbish and flammable

materials can make a difference.”

After lengthy lockdowns, RACV urges Victorians to check that their property and cars are

well-maintained and to check that insurance policies are accurate and up to date.

“The last thing any Victorian needs is the added shock of finding out that their insurance doesn’t

cover them for the cost of replacing their car or repairing their home,” Ms Hayes said.

“Building codes in bushfire-prone areas are far stricter than they were, so this can also be quite

a shock if a complete rebuild is needed. Victorians also need to make sure that they know the

actual value of their possessions and are adequately covered with the right level of insurance.

“Recent history tells us our summer weather is starting earlier and the season is going for much

longer, so serious bushfires can occur anytime from now through to May.”

Writing down a fire plan to reduce any confusion or panic if there is an emergency should minimise

the risk because everyone in your household will know what to do. It is essential to consider where

you’ll go if you must evacuate, what route you will take, and have a backup or alternative route if

roads are closed.

Having water, food, pet carry cases, essential documents and other items in an easily accessible

place means you will not have to try and find things at the last minute. Instead, you can quickly

grab them and leave early if you need to evacuate.

Having backup locations earmarked in case weather or fire conditions change while you are

evacuating or travelling the state is a good idea as well.

RACV’s priority continues to be the safety of our members and helping Victorians stay prepared and

vigilant this summer season.

Victorians can stay informed using the Vic Emergency app or website, checking the Country Fire

Authority (CFA) and the Bureau of Meteorology’s severe weather knowledge centre on their website.

For life- threatening emergencies, members of the public should call Triple Zero (000).

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