Clean up and be bushfire ready

Essential Energy is encouraging property owners to act now to minimise fire risks around the home and on farms.

Manager community relations Northern, David Crough said the NSW Rural Fire Service was expecting heightened bushfire activity following a prolonged dry spell and advised people to protect their properties.

“Property owners are encouraged to clear leaves and debris from their gutters, ensure lawns are mown regularly, and store wood piles away from homes,” he said.

“The end of winter is also an ideal time to identify vegetation growth that may be encroaching on overhead powerline safety clearances.

“Any potential hazards should be reported on 13 23 91 for a safety assessment – don’t attempt pruning or removal of vegetation yourself.”

Mr Crough said property owners can download and complete a Bushfire Survival Plan and Farm FireWise Checklist from

“In the event of a bushfire, treat all fallen powerlines as live and call Essential Energy immediately on 13 20 80,” he said.