Easy access a lifesaver

Busselton Dunsborough Times

Dunsborough Fire and Rescue volunteers are urging residents to protect themselves from fires by ensuring properties can be easily accessed by emergency services.

Lt Phil McCormack said residents should check gates and entryways onto their properties.

“The speed at which we can get in and out determines the outcome of an emergency situation,” he said.

“It’s always important, whether summer or winter, that access points are kept clear.”

Lt McCormack said residents should ensure the width and height of access, gateways and firebreaks allowed for the dimensions of fire trucks and other emergency vehicles.

Lt McCormack asked residents to measure 4m wide by 4m high along access points and prune back vegetation that encroached beyond this point and would prevent a fire truck entering the property.

“If possible, consider a secondary access road into and out of your property in case one of them is blocked,” he said.

“Now is also the time to make sure chimneys and fireplaces are cleaned and up to scratch.”

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