The City of Greater Dandenong encourages regular maintenance of properties to minimise the risk of fire and enhance the safety and general wellbeing of our community
Why are well maintained properties important?
The risk of fires starting and/or spreading to neighbouring properties is significantly reduced when properties, whether residential or commercial/industrial, are well maintained. This in turn means more protection for property, animals and of course, human beings.
What is a fire hazard?
A fire hazard can be anything that might contribute or cause a fire, including:
- long or dry grass
- dry branches, leaves and other vegetation
- poorly maintained wood piles
- incorrectly stored gas and chemical containers
- general rubbish
Fire hazards and the law
The State government has laws that require property owners and occupiers to remove fire hazards and maintain their properties.
Council officers conduct inspections in November and December each year. If a property is found to be hazardous a fire prevention notice will be issued giving the property owners or occupier 14 days to clear the property.
If not cleared by that time, Council may arrange for work to be done and charge the owner accordingly.
Tips for preventing fire hazards on your property
- In October/November (before summer) inspect your property and remove or control all fire hazards
- Regularly maintain gardens and lawns to keep grass height at no more than 100mm. If you need the grass for stock feed, you should at least cut 20m wide fire breaks along all your boundaries.
- Remove and recycle all dead foliage and undergrowth from gardens and outdoor areas
- If you want to store gases, chemicals or other flammable liquids on your property, make sure that you obtain and comply with the relevant safety data sheet from your supplier
- Store building materials and fire wood in a neat and tidy manner, preferably in your back yard, not stacked against building walls
- Any other flammable materials should be stored in sheds or other suitable receptacles
- If you are a landlord, remember you are jointly responsible with your tenant/s to ensure that rented properties are also maintained