Bushfire season usually progresses through southern areas of Queensland as spring (September) approaches. It can extend into February in the southern and far southwestern areas. Fuel load, climate and weather conditions also influence these timeframes.
Don't be a Suzy. Have a 'what-if' survival plan and be prepared to leave early during bushfires.
Do not assume you will receive a warning as a fire approaches or that fire crews will be able to assist every home. It is up to you to monitor conditions - you may find these resources helpful:
Find out if you are at risk of bushfire and make a plan to keep your family safe, your property resilient and your valuables and important documents protected. In doing so you will also help decrease the danger to neighbouring properties. QFES have created a quick and easy postcode checker to help you determine if you live in, or might be travelling through, a bushfire hotspot this season.
Clear your roof and gutters of debris, invest in and test gutter plugs
Enclose open areas under decks and floors
Install fine steel wire mesh screens on windows, doors, vents and weep holes
Maintain pumps, generators and water systems regularly
Point LPG cylinder release valves away from the house
Seal all gaps in external roof and wall cladding
Relocate flammable items away from your home (e.g. wood piles, boxes, paper, hanging baskets, outdoor furniture)
Prepare access for emergency services
Display your house or lot number prominently
Create adequate space for fire trucks to enter and exit - 4m x 4m with a turnaround area