Firies breathe easier after region dousedafter region doused
RECENT rains have Gladstone firefighters breathing a little easier.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Gladstone station officer Harry Tattersall said while rain meant there was 'not a lot of dry stuff' around, residents should still prepare their property for potential bushfires.
'In the Gladstone area it's not a big problem at the moment, but all it takes is a couple of months of dry, hot weather and that foliage and leaf litter on the ground will dry up,' he said.
Mr Tattersall said it was important for residents to take appropriate steps to prepare themselves for fire.
'Keeping foliage away from buildings and gutters clear of any debris is of paramount importance,' he said.
He said residents should also ensure that hoses were connected to taps and if a fire did approach their property to evacuate in plenty of time.
Mr Tattersall said the recent bushfires in South Australia were a fitting reminder of the importance of taking necessary precautions before fire struck.