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Check fire safety rating

By Seymour Telegraph

The CFA is urging people to be aware of the fire danger rating for their districts.

The message comes after the CFA declared a state-wide total fire ban last Friday due to extreme heat.

Seymour hit 45°C just after 4pm on Friday after a night when the temperature didn’t drop below 30°C.

CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington also stressed that people needed to have a plan for what to do if a fire occurred in their area.

He also advised travellers that they should familiarise themselves with the fire danger rating for any area they were visiting and to be vigilant about their surroundings.

He suggested that if people were visiting a new area, they should talk to the locals about where the safest place to go would be if a fire did break out and it becomes impossible to leave the area.

‘‘Do not drive into or through high risk areas on hot, dry, windy days. Plan an alternate route or delay your travel if possible,’’ Mr Warrington said.

The CFA has the following advice for people travelling on high-risk fire days:

■Check the conditions for your destination before you go, listen to local radio for warnings and advice while you’re on the road, and check conditions regularly throughout your stay.

■Download the VicEmergency app, visit emergency.vic.gov.au and save the VicEmergency Hotline (1800226226) into your mobile phone.

■Never travel into bush or grassland areas where a Code Red has been forecast. Grass fires can move at speeds of up to 25km/h and jump highways. Be aware of grass fires when you’re travelling. All fires are dangerous.

■You may not get phone reception across regional Victoria, so always check weather conditions and the fire risk before you leave home.

■Do not drive into or through high risk areas on hot, dry, windy days.

■If travelling to a different part of the state for holiday or work, check the fire danger ratings for all districts along your route and at your destination. Create a temporary watch zone on the VicEmergency App for the location you’re visiting.

■Seek information from locals, or an accredited Visitor Information Centre who may be able to suggest alternative holiday activities on high risk days.

■Ensure you comply with any local requirements regarding campfires and barbecues in addition to the advice that can be found at cfa.vic.gov.au

When a Total Fire Ban is enacted, no fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air on that day.